Sheriff




 
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January 16th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 

Topic: Sheriff


The word Sheriff came about from Henry the Second. One of his nobles spoke to King reminding him that he was responsible for law and order in England and he should sort out the problem as it was getting out of control. Well he appointed a Riff which was ancient French word for the Law, and he appointed one to each English shire to keep his laws in his name. Putting the words together they came to be known as Sheriffs.
January 17th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
Nice tidbit of knowledge to bandy about the bar.
January 17th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
Thanks LeEnfield, you always come through.
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December 6th, 2006  
SigPig
 
It's actually from Old English -- from scIr shire + gerEfa reeve. A reeve was an administrative official to an Anglo-Saxon king. It has nothing to do with Ancient French or its word for "law", which would have been somewhere between Latin lex legis and the Modern French loi.

SigPig
December 7th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
So who is right?
December 21st, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
The shurff (East Texas pronunciation) is always right.
February 14th, 2007  
Padre
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SigPig
It's actually from Old English -- from scIr shire + gerEfa reeve. A reeve was an administrative official to an Anglo-Saxon king. It has nothing to do with Ancient French or its word for "law", which would have been somewhere between Latin lex legis and the Modern French loi.

SigPig
I like both stories but English versions are more trustworthy than French ones
March 21st, 2007  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Missileer
The shurff (East Texas pronunciation) is always right.
I vote the East Texas pronunciation is the right one!