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Mick Pearce (MCP) Folklore: 'frith' a Middle English ramble (32) RE: Folklore: 'frith' a Middle English ramble 18 Jan 19


Yes Guest - my shorter OED (1973) has most uses of frith as obsolete, except in the sense of wood. The peace meaning is listed as obsolete except in historical use. Frith as variant of firth is not marked obsolete.

There is (or was) apparently dialectial use as a verb meaning to fence in, to wattle or to undercut wood.

In addition to leeneia's compounds above SOED also has frith-stool (obsolete except in historical use) meaning a seat, usually stone, near the altar in some churches which afforded privilege of sanctuary.

Mick


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