What Can Nicknames Tell Us About History?

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Does “Eadric the Cripple” sound discriminatory? Well, in medieval England, it really wasn’t. The original Old English version of the nickname “the cripple” attached to Eadric’s name was just a way for the medieval English to distinguish different Eadrics from one another. In this case, the nickname refers to the specific medical condition that this Eadric had. If we look at Old English nicknames, none of them use the term in an “offensive and generalising” manner, suggesting that the Dark Ages view on impairment was better than we thought. Read full article here

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