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On 3 Nov, Irina Rempt-Drijfhout wrote:

> On Saturday 03 November 2001 09:34, Matt wrote:
>
> > --- Lars Henrik Mathiesen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > > > That would be Cheapinghaven, er, Copenhagen.>
> > >
> > > That's Cheapmanhaven to you, my friend. Mercatorum
> > > portus, old style.
> >
> > Sorry, but I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic or
> > not.  From the looks, Cheapmanhaven - town of the
> > cheap man??  Or is it truly an old Danish word?
>
> No, of the merchant man; it's cognate with Dutch "kopen" (to buy) and
> English place-names like "... Chipping". Also with "cheap", but the
> meaning of that ("costing little") is a later development. Cheapside,
> a street in London, used to be a market-place, not necessarily to get
> bargains, just to buy things.


Would that also be related to the English word "shop"?

Dan Sulani
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