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Thread #172209   Message #4167911
Posted By: GUEST
18-Mar-23 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Leek Folk Day - May 13?
Subject: RE: Leek Folk Day
As we've gone slightly sideways,,,
Living and working so close to Leek I'd forgotten the vegetable homonym amusement ;)
And I'd never before wondered where the word for the vegetable came from ,,,

   Leeks (Allium ampeloprasum), members of the Alliaceae family.

Herbaceous annual plant of the Liliaceae family

   That second link gives translations into several languages; seems only the English, Americans & Germans say 'leek' (German 'Lauch').

Nor had I wondered about the place name.

,,,Leak in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Leake in Lincolnshire and Nottingham or Leek in Staffordshire. All these places are named from the Olde Norse elements "loekr" meaning a "brook".

In the Domesday Book Leek was 'Lec'

Wiki says about 'lake'
   from Middle English lake ('lake, pond, waterway'), from Old English lacu ('pond, pool, stream'), from Proto-Germanic *lako ('pond, ditch, slow moving stream'), from the Proto-Indo-European root *le?- ('to leak, drain'). Cognates include Dutch laak ('lake, pond, ditch'), Middle Low German lake ('water pooled in a riverbed, puddle') as in: de:Wolfslake, de:Butterlake, German Lache ('pool, puddle'), and Icelandic lækur ('slow flowing stream'). Also related are the English words leak and leach.