June 9, 2018
Toponymy, taxonomic study of place-names, based on etymological, historical, and geographical information. A place-name is a word or words used to indicate, denote, or identify a geographic locality such as a town, river, or mountain. Toponymy divides place-names into two broad categories: habitation names and feature names. A habitation name denotes a locality that is peopled or inhabited, such as a homestead, village, or town, and usually dates from the locality’s inception. Feature names refer to natural or physical features of the landscape and are subdivided into hydronyms (water features), oronyms (relief features), and places of natural vegetation growth (meadows, glades, groves).
Toponymy is concerned with the linguistic evolution (etymology) of place-names and the motive behind the naming of the place (historical and geographical aspects).
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December 16, 2015
Grandmothers and egg sucking come to mind.
However I would challenge the usefulness of the phrase "usually dates from the locality’s inception". Irrespective of the statistical accuracy (about which I hold no view), assuming this is likely to encourage the sort of blinkered approach taken eg by followers of Eckwall, where they accept in far too dogmatic a way his useful identification of the "-ing-" element, attempting to apply it where it is perfectly obvious to any normal person that it is an anomaly and this despite his own significant subsequent recanting in substantial part to which too many people have been deaf. I realise that "usually" is not the same as "always" , but to "often" would have been better.
Thus, for example, if an area of a town gets a bad reputation a common approach is to rename the streets (in a naive attempt to remove the stigma deriving from a particular address). So too in this particularly sanctimonious age a revered name can all too easily fall into disfavour resulting eg in the renaming of a building or a street etc.
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