Maybe you can help, minnow ....
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sat Feb 14 11:44:33 EST 2004
I'm in the middle of Michael Quinion's World Wide Words and he's
discussing the word 'pinchbeck'. It's an eponym. The family name
probably comes from a place in Lincolnshire. He says this about
"His name probably came from the place called Pinchbeck near
Spalding in Lincolnshire; that name is from Old English words
meaning either "minnow stream" or "finch ridge" (from which
we may deduce the uncertain state of the study of English
Although, as a birder, I would prefer 'finch ridge', I realize that
there is actually a minnow in this group who might have the
[It doesn't have to be accurate, just authoritative. ;-) ]
- If you think you're too small to have an impact,
try going to bed with a mosquito.
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