Saturday, February 14, 2015

Farthing, in my words + farthings

cwadring : farthing

The Illunse word for farthing (low-value coin) is cwadring. Similar Cadring is a rare last name.

This word is a mixture of the Old English word for farthing, féorðling or feórðlung (farthing, a fourthling, one quarter of a penny) (which I transliterate to feorthling or feorthlung), and the Latin word quadrans (fourth part, a quarter; Roman bronze coin worth one quarter of an as) (which I transliterate to cwadrans).

The Greek word for quadrans was translated in the King James Version of the Bible as farthing. (Picture shown is of an Roman quadrans coin).

cwadringas : farthings

The Illunse word for farthings (nominative plural) is cwadringas.

The Latin plural of quadrans is quadrantes. Farthings in Old English is féorðlingas or féorðlunga.

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