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I used to correspond with someone at the University of Newcastle (can't
remember which one it was: you Aussies will obviously know though) who was a
lecturer in the classics department. She was a linguist called Dr. Rhona
Beare (who I think figures in some of JRRT's letters) so maybe that
Newcastle is sort of "intellectual", hence the Latinization of the name.
Mind you, I can't see too many British-Newcastle dwellers calling themselves
Novocvastrians!
Mike
> : Tangentially, I was in Newcastle (in Australia :P) recently, and
> : their adjective for describing themselves (in the vein of Melburnian
> : and the rather contrived "Sydneysider") is "Novocastrian", which is
> : obviously the Latin form of the place. It was actually used by the
> : residents, which I wouldn't have expected for such a highfalutin
> : name :P