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Re: [sig] word "bohemian"--??

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  • Patricia Hefner
    ... Holy smokes! I m mundanely of partially Celtic (Irish) extraction, so, this means I could have distant relatives in Slovenia for all we know. :-) ...
    Message 1 of 9 , May 9 5:04 PM
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      --- Alastair Millar <alastair@...> wrote:
      > M'lady Isabelle asked...
      >
      > >Does anyone know where we get the modern word
      > >"bohemian"?
      >
      > 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...)
      >

      Holy smokes! I'm mundanely of partially Celtic (Irish)
      extraction, so, this means I could have distant
      relatives in Slovenia for all we know. :-)

      > The word "bohemian" in the sense of someone living
      > an "alternative"
      > lifestyle comes from the French "boh´┐Żmien" meaning a
      > gypsy, predicated on
      > the belief that such wanderers originated in
      > Bohemia.
      >

      That's what I thought, but I couldn't remember my
      source. I wonder why they thought the Gypsies were
      from Bohemia?

      Isabelle




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