Re: [sig] word "bohemian"--??
- --- Alastair Millar <alastair@...> wrote:
> M'lady Isabelle asked...Holy smokes! I'm mundanely of partially Celtic (Irish)
> >Does anyone know where we get the modern word
> Yep. :-)
> Bohemia comes from the Latin name of an apparently
> Celtic tribe, the Boii,
> who occupied the area before being kicked
> out/absorbed by the Marcomanni.
> (Those familiar with the Celtic habit of tribes
> splitting up and settling in
> far-flung places (e.g. the Parisi of the Seine basin
> and the north of
> England) will not be at all surprised to find that
> another branch of the
> Boii settled in the Po Valley in Italy...)
extraction, so, this means I could have distant
relatives in Slovenia for all we know. :-)
> The word "bohemian" in the sense of someone livingThat's what I thought, but I couldn't remember my
> an "alternative"
> lifestyle comes from the French "boh�mien" meaning a
> gypsy, predicated on
> the belief that such wanderers originated in
source. I wonder why they thought the Gypsies were
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