Hobbit - the word
- The following appeared on the Word A Day list and may be of interest. The
etymology for "bytla" is news to me...
hobbit (HOB-it) noun
An imaginary creature resembling a diminutive human being, having
some rabbitlike characteristics, and being naturally peace-loving,
domestic, and sociable.
[From pseudo-Old English holbytla, hole-builder (coined by J.R.R. Tolkien) :
Old English hol, hole + Old English bytla, builder, hammerer (from bytl,
"`I'm 4ft and that's with shoes on,' laughed 21-year-old Southon.
`I could be just what they're looking for if they're after an elf or
Keane Philippa, The height of fame, Sunday Star Times (New Zealand),
25 Apr 1999.
This week's theme: coined words.