Twitter thread on Tiffany

I came across this thread on Twitter today, there's some interesting discussion on the medieval use of the name Tiffany, plus some other tangents:


February 16, 2018 2:28 PM

That's a fun read. And you sent me on tailspin into the black hole of clicking that is tv tropes.

February 18, 2018 9:29 PM

That's so interesting. If I ever write historical fiction, I'll have to include Tiffany and Chad.

February 19, 2018 1:24 PM

The key to using Tiffany without violently jerking your readers out of your medieval milieu is to spell it Tiphaine or Thifaine or similar... and then subtly revealing at some point that yes, it's pronounced /tiff-ann-ee/.

February 22, 2018 11:08 AM

I guess this is another example of the Th pronounced T phenomenon we were talking about on the Talia thread a couple days ago!

By EVie
February 22, 2018 4:54 PM

Tiffany/Theophanie is an example of names coming to English through French, hence the lost "th". From the dictionary on my Mac: "early 17th cent.: from Old French tifanie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek theophaneia ‘epiphany.’ " 

Theobald, which was pronounced Tibald in the Middle Ages, also came to England with the Normans... although that one is Germanic in origin, not Greek. 

February 24, 2018 12:31 PM

Wow! I have long hated Twitter, but this might cause me to reactivate my account. Thanks.