The Home of a Naturalist Biot Edmondston

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Published: August 1st 2012

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The Home of a Naturalist  by  Biot Edmondston

The Home of a Naturalist by Biot Edmondston
August 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 436 pages | ISBN: | 9.28 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...English (or Bible) namesMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...English (or Bible) names for those which their heathen converts had before baptism It is questionable if such a course did not retard rather than advance the true faith, by wounding human nature on one of its tenderest as well as most innocent points.

I have no doubt the clergy found it a difficult matter to induce a man to call his children Peter and Martha when the honest fellow was desirous of perpetuating some revered family names sent down to him from his heathen sea-king ancestors. When opposition arose it is probable that the holy men found a way to overcome the difficulty without wounding the parental feelings, for Norse proper names seem to have gone through a most ingenious process of alteration at the font.

Breeta, or Brenda, became Bertha- Olaf changed into Oliver- Yaspard made an easy descent into Jasper- Osla, sweet sounding and doubtless the property of sweet lasses, was transformed into bearish Ursula- Saneva (heathen-born) was baptized by the name of sainted Cecilia- Hunder was christened Henry, and Laulie (literally a plaything) was named Lilias- Hoskauld, Ingath, and a few such names being too stubborn to twist into anything Christian or Hebrew, were persecuted to the death, and are now almost extinct.

This dialect abounds in sounds so foreign to English ears that it is quite impossible to convey to an English reader the correct pronunciation of some of those strange utterances. Indeed, the Shetlandic tongue would be more vigorous than pleasing if it were not for the tender and most plaintive intonation which softens all harsh sounds into musical accord.

Before giving an example of the dialect it may be useful to mention how some of the principal letters are usually pronounced. A is usually spoken long, as...



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