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Norman Castle
933960.  Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:00 am Reply with quote

Steven : How many mickles make a muckle?

Alan: Many.



Correct answer : One.

Mickle and muckle actually are the same thing.

Mickle -
adjective Archaic .
great; large; much.

adjective British Dialect .

mickle or dialect ( Scot ), ( Northern English ) muckle (ˈmɪk ə l, ˈmʌk ə l)
1. great or abundant
2. much; greatly

The phrase should actually be "Many a little makes a mickle." Or sometimes "pickle" is used instead of little.

noun Scot. and North England .
1. a single grain or kernel, as of barley or corn.
2. a small amount; a little.

933964.  Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:37 am Reply with quote

In Derby there is a suburb called "Mickleover", which is next to a suburb called "Littleover".

The history of the name of Littleover is simple. It is derived from 'Little Ufre' (Domesday book) and in Old English "Ofer" which meant a slope or little hill, whilst its neighbouring Mickleover is known to be from 'Mickle Ufre' meaning large hill.

At the time of the Domesday Survey, 1086, Mickleover was known as Magna (the Old English version of this is Micel) Oufra. Magna, in early Latin means Great; oufra coming from Anglo Saxon ofer, flat-topped ridge.

934009.  Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:28 am Reply with quote

'Mickel' is directly related to the word 'Might' and by inference 'Mighty'. and the verb 'May'. 'Dismay' is also a close etymological cousin; more distant are words like 'Machine', 'Mechanic' and even the personal name 'Matilda'.


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