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vern and lettuce: ricky renard



Hmm, I wonder if I'll get time to colour this one. Could be fun making him have a very loud suit and tie, tasteful or otherwise.
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_w_o_o_d_
May. 11th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
The etymology of the French word "renard" is an unusual one..

I wonder if there are any other occurences of the name of a fictional character becoming a noun...
jabberworks
May. 11th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, so was Renard someone's name first? (I probably just had that James Bond villain in the back of my mind.)
_w_o_o_d_
May. 11th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
The Old French word for "fox" was "goupil" (from the latin "vulpes") until the late middle-age.

But then the "Roman de Renart" got really popular. It's a collection of stories about a cunning fox called Renard or Renart or Reynard. The name derives from the old German (or Frankish ?) Reginhard, which also gave the modern German name Reinhardt. I think you know these stories under the name "Reynard Fox" in English ?

Anyway this book got so popular that people started calling foxes "Renards" instead of "goupils".
jabberworks
May. 11th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
That IS interesting! Hmm, I'm trying to think if we have any English animals with names derived from people names. (Other than scientific names, where the scientist wanted credit.) And I think it's amusing how we use the Anglo-Saxon word for the animal out in the field, but the French word when it's on the plate.
catboots
May. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
aww, he's cute :3
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