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[MEDIEVALE:1799] Ewerer &tc Stan Kelly Bootle

Tres chere Liste:
A. Re-joueur de flute:
_Pied Piper_ 1. the hero of a German folk legend popularized in
"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" (1842) by Robert Browning.
2. (sometimes lower case) a person who induces others to follow
or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or
extravagant promises. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary,
2nd Ed, 1997).
Notez bien: "pied" (pronounced \pi:d\) is
Middle English ("having patches of several colours") derived
from the black and white plumage of the _magpie_ bird). With this
etymology, the vulgar term "pied noir" would be an oxymoron.
(Entre-nous, mon tres beau-frere Emile Godoy RIP etait ne' en Oran.)
B. _Ewer_ (a wide-spouted pitcher/vessel chiefly for serving water) and
its derivatives (_ewery_: where the ewers are stored) and _ewerer_ (one,
usually female, who serves the water) can all be tagged as "archaic"
(who nowadays can afford such _specialized_ lackeys?) surviving _un peu_
in some N. English dialects. Alas, in Scouse (the Liverpool dialect [ref 1])
_ewer/hewer_ appears as a corruption of "whore" (putain). There are
similar potential dialectic confusions with the verb _hew_ (cut, smite,
shape) cf. the "Big 'Ewer" legends in the NE Eng. (Durham, Newcastle)
coal mines. These Stakhanovite heroes (a la John Henry) died "hewin'
the 4-foot seams" in order to "save the pit." The gap between serving
water to the XIIeme siecle gentry and digging "dusty diamonds" where
"the sun never shines," deserves a prolonged dissertation, n'est-ce pas?
>D'aprhs toutes ces riponses, j'opterais pour ichanson si...
>Si dans le texte anglais, "ewerer" ne servait pas ` disigner un 
domestique qui
>annonce les visiteurs (dans un chbteau, au XIIhme sihcle) !
>Il est tout ` fait probable que l'auteur se soit trompi de terme, car il
>s'agit d'un roman trhs trhs vulgarisi... Quelqu'un aurait-il une suggestion
>pour disigner le domestique en question ? Un majordome ???
>Merci encore, Naomi
A wonderful translational challenge! What if the author deliberately
misused "ewerer"? (E.g., should a translator "correct" the many
anachronisms in Shakespeare?) How to suggest this en francais?
Majordomo est trop trop _pesant_! Il est _masc._ et il ne sert que
_l'eau lourde_! -- PAX etc Stan
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ref 1: _Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language_, ed. D. Crystal, p.27.
_Lern [sic] Yerself [sic] Scouse_, Spiegl/Shaw/Kelly-Bootle, Scouse Press,
16th Ed., 1986.