Re: Un-Lake Windermere

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Posted by peter edwards on January 11, 1999 at 23:54:41:

In Reply to: Un-Lake Windermere posted by Robert Dilley on January 11, 1999 at 17:01:26:

My English dictionary gives several meanings for mere, one being pool or lake, another being a boundary. Both these are given as OE origin. If mere is in the context of pool or lake, why aren't all the lakes called something mere? Is it not possible that the boundary context is the correct one? Also why use mere for the town/ settlement name, since a settlement isnt a pool or lake?

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