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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.

KLAXON

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Correct answer : One.

Mickle and muckle actually are the same thing.

Mickle -
adjective Archaic .
great; large; much.

muckle
adjective British Dialect .
mickle.

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



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

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


http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/many-a-little-makes-a-mickle.html

 
djgordy
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".

Quote:
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.


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littleover

Quote:
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.


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickleover

 
Chowchilla
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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