Saturday, February 14, 2015
Farthing, in my words + farthings
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.