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Author Topic: Toilet/Lavatory/Loo/Nettie etc  (Read 10766 times)

Hogspark

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Re: Toilet/Lavatory/Loo/Nettie etc
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2013, 10:27:36 AM »
Friends, I am coming down off the fence in favour of mixene. My dad had a "farm" (20 acres on a sheer slope!) on the Isle of Man. When we mucked out the pigs, the soil was put onto the "midden" in the farmyard. The dictionary says that midden means "heap of dung" and is from the Scandinavian; modern Danish shows modding. Midden is used as a current word in the "Danish" and "Norwegian" settled parts of England and as far as sound is concerned it is not a million miles from mixene.
 
SO, are midden and mixene the same thing-a dung heap-the different look to the words being the difference between the Danish and the English settled parts? I think so and that midden is still a current word helps me think that mixene would have been used in the vernacular in AS parts of England. QED-or not??? Would be interested in what you think.
Finally, is/was mixene pronounced as it is spelt or does the x have a different sound in AS? Mike P.