A sophist etymology of “Isle of Dogs”

Like the wharf, it comes from the Canaries. Not.

Trebots @ Wednesday September 19th 2012 16:16

  1. Islas Canarias < Canariae Insulae. Pliny, Natural History:

    We also learn from the same source that the people who inhabit the adjoining forests, which are full of all kinds of elephants, wild beasts, and serpents, have the name of Canarii; from the circumstance that they partake of their food in common with the canine race, and share with it the entrails of wild beasts.

  2. Canary Wharf < Islas Canarias. Survey of London:

    a scheme for the West Wood Wharf was settled in 1936. A two-storey warehouse was built in 1937 to serve a berth with a new 'false' quay, all let to Fruit Lines Limited, a subsidiary of Fred Dessen & Company (whose principals were Fred Olsen & Company, of Oslo), for their Canary Islands and Mediterranean fruit trade. The warehouse was designed by Asa Binns and built by John Mowlem & Company. The whole project cost £86,694. Following a request from Fred Dessen & Company, the site was named Canary Wharf.

  3. Canary Wharf ∈ Isle of Dogs
  4. And so by coincidence or not, Isle of Dogs < Canariae Insulae. Unfortunately London's Dogville has been called that way since at least the 16th century, when there is no known connection of the then unplace with the Canaries nor any reason for there to be one.

More bogus etymology here.

  • Canary Islands (2) The Canary Islands (/kəˈnɛəri ˈaɪləndz/; Spanish: Islas Canarias [ˈizlas kaˈnaɾjas], locally: [ˈiʱlːaʰ kaˈnaːɾjaʰ]), also known as the Canaries (Spanish: Canarias), are an archipelago and autonomous community of Spain located just off the southern coast of Morocco, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of its southern border. The Canaries are among the outermost regions (OMR) of the European Union proper.
  • Canary Wharf (1) Canary Wharf is a major business district located in Tower Hamlets, East London. It is one of the United Kingdom's two main financial centres – along with the traditional City of London – and contains many of Europe's tallest buildings, including the second-tallest in the UK, One Canada Square.
  • Isle of Dogs (1) The Isle of Dogs is an area in the East End of London that is bounded on three sides (east, south and west) by one of the largest meanders in the River Thames. The northern boundary has never been clearly or consistently defined (the name Isle of Dogs had no official status until 1987, with the creation of the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood by Tower Hamlets Borough Council), but many accept it to be the (former) line of the West India South Dock.
  • Pliny the Elder (3) Gaius Plinius Secundus (AD 23 – August 25, AD 79), better known as Pliny the Elder (/ˈplɪni/), was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. Spending most of his spare time studying, writing or investigating natural and geographic phenomena in the field, he wrote an encyclopedic work, Naturalis Historia (Natural History), which became a model for all other encyclopedias.
  • West India Docks (1) The West India Docks are a series of three docks on the Isle of Dogs in London, England the first of which opened in 1802. The docks closed to commercial traffic in 1980 and the Canary Wharf development was built on the site.
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  1. A Nun
    September 20th 2012 12:57

    Maybe Pliny is better taken as prophecy. Mount Atlas is the Shard, the Ethiopian nation of Perorsi is Hackney, the Hesperides inhabit a brothel behind Park Lane at the westernmost end of the world.

  2. Trebots
    September 20th 2012 13:15

    I will not cease from Mental Fight,/Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:/Till we have built the old Maghreb,/In Englands green & pleasant Land

  3. A Nun
    September 21st 2012 18:55

    Robert Graves says Herakles' 11th is about dragons guarding gold. The Thames is your hydra, and there's still some treasure on the north bank.

  4. Trebots
    September 22nd 2012 09:25

    So Olli Rehn = Heracles? Hmmmm


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