Talk:Bordingbras his hatt!

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Ginestre: I think that of all the entry names so far, this is my favourite, and it makes me wonder where you got it from. I guess that "Bordingbras" is a sub-conscious derivation of "Fortinbras" from Hamlet, but I'm not quite sure about the "his hatt!" part and the strange grammar, though it reminds me of something. Perhaps the "hatt" part is from "Hatt-Baby"? Could you possibly explain? Good stuff. --Sean B. Palmer 05:09, 18 Sep 2004 (EDT)

Lol, I'm not entirely sure. I just went to the phantom page to see if anything wasn't taken yet. This was all there was, so I ran with it. Ginestre is the one who thought it up in Battle of Barnum Stones. --Juzh Iruk 20:07, 18 Sep 2004

The form "X his Y" (as in "George his book") was used in the English of the 14th-16th centuries, based on the then-current belief that "John's book" (usually pronounced with two syllables in "John's" in those days) was actually an abbreviation for a supposed earlier form which was being restored. Historically this is incorrect, as a comparison with German genitives like "Georgs Buch" will show. Its use here is perhaps meant to suggest a corresponding kind of archaism or pseudo-archaism. --John Cowan 15:00, 23 Sep 2004

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