What’s in a name? Well, plenty, according to this interesting little booklet. The word ‘dunce’ meaning slow-witted or dull is from the name Duns Scotus, a brilliant medieval teacher; Dick Whittington, mayor of London, did exist but is not the legendary poor boy with a pet cat seeking his fortune; Robert Louis Stevenson’s infamous character Dr. Jekyll was based on a real man; Old ‘Uncle Tom Cobbleigh’ was a hotblooded and amorous red-headed man; Lady Godiva did get her gear off as a result of a bet with her husband – and Mother Goose did write a swag of nursery rhymes! Loads of interest in a small package.
The Real McCoy: Eileen Hellicar
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