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Gentleman's Magazine 1805 p.1012
river, however, it must be admitted, is creative of considerable interest in its vagaries from Lake to Lake. Skiddaw rears his giant head at a respectful point of distance, and the lower boundary of Bassenthwaite Lake, which is naked and uniteresting beyond description, is happily shut out from the view. But, indeed, the fervour of composition appears in this instance to have a little overstepped the modesty of Nature.
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Erratum.- In the last paper, for Wryknot, read Wrynose; for Hardnose, read Hardknot.
The origin of these outlandish terms has been in some few instances successfully traced from the Greek, from the connexion existing between that language and the antient Celtic. The Author submits to the decision of his readers a conjecture with which he has been favoured on the derivation of the name Wrynose, viz. the Greek Ου[ ]ανος, from its height; the corruption is easily deduced, more especially if it is considered that the English w corresponds with the Greek letter [ ]; and that the disposition to give an intelligible pronunciation to an unintelligible term (in frequent use among the vulgar) has proved the most prolific source of etymological difficulties. Skiddaw probably owes its origin to the Greek word Σχια, "for shadows, clouds, and darkness rest upon it.
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