Re: [tied] Re: Grimm's Law is about to expire (Collinge 1985, p. 26

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 47879
Date: 2007-03-15

At 3:53:37 PM on Thursday, March 15, 2007, Richard
Wordingham wrote:

> --- In, "Brian M. Scott"
> <BMScott@...> wrote:

>> <Botham> is locative in origin, from place-names derived
>> from OE <boþm>.

> I wasn't sure what to make of Michael Parkinson's remark
> that 'Botham' was pronounced 'Bottom' in Yorkshire, where
> both he and Ian Botham famously come from.

Didn't OE already have both <boþm> and <botm>? My
impression is that the two types haven't maintained strictly
separate identities. At any rate, there are place-names
that now have <-tt-> but earlier appear with <-th->:
Broadbottom (Cheshire) is <Brodebothem> 1286.