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GMT Help: Origin of word 'maudlin'? (88* d) RE: Help: Origin of word 'maudlin'? 03 Apr 01


Sorry to come in a bit late here. According to Ivor Brown's Book of Words "Our pronunciation of Magdalen must be at least as old as Shakespeare, for the name is spelt and pronounced Maudlin in All's Well". He also tells of the East Anglian verb Maudle as a back-formation of Maudlin, which signifies silly or sentimental through drinking, and itself derived from Magdalen.

Cheers Gary


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