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Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or Design

Postby The Iron Dwarf » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:55 am

Posting on behalf of a friend,

we are looking for an old English word for Architecture or Design or Drawing.

any suggestions welcome!

thanks!



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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby The Iron Dwarf » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:46 am

my friend is an Architect and is not from this country originally, the present name for his business is too hard for alot of people here and he is looking to possibly change it in the near future so is after ideas, I said here you may get some historical ones and maybe a few hysterical ones.
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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:01 pm

The Iron Dwarf wrote:Posting on behalf of a friend, we are looking for an old English word for Architecture or Design or Drawing. any suggestions welcome! thanks!


Put an e on the end "Designe" or "Draweing". No, seriously, have you considered the idea of finding a word that means that same but sounds a little on the fancy side? Thesarus.com suggests " architectonics"



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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby gregory23b » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:15 pm

Do you mean Old English as in Anglo Saxon, or Middle English or Early Modern? Big differences between them and the potential uses.

Try the Middle English Dictionary, worth a punt.


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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby gregory23b » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:20 pm

Here you go:

Design,

(a1398) * Trev. Barth.(Add 27944) 329a/b: Þe hole world haþ a round schap..and is designed in a cercle.

(b) a1500(?c1425) Spec.Sacer.(Add 36791) 145/25: Þis Marie Jacobi þe Lasse is designyd and rehersid in the gospell after the nominacion of Marie Magdaleyne.

(c) a1456(1429) Lydg. Mum.Goldsmiths (Trin-C R.3.20) 26: Þe arke of God..designeþe..Grace and good eure and long prosperitee. a1500 Mirror Salv.(Beeleigh) p.85: Be the forsaide Citee the werld is wele prefigured, And be the Citezeins mankinde is noght wronge designed.

You can have 'draught' as well, hence draughtsman etc

Devise in in there as well.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med ... =First+100


the above link takes you to a list of medieval words associated with the word 'design'.

Knock yourself out ;-)


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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby Brother Ranulf » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:31 pm

If you did really mean Old English (as opposed to just the more vague "old English"), the term for architecture is héahcræft, literally "high skill" or "excellent art".


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Re: Looking for an "old English" word for Architecture or De

Postby The Iron Dwarf » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:41 pm

thank you all,
Brother Ranulf, we are more after interesting words than anything specific.
will try Gregory's link when I get time, packing for an event at the moment




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