Re: Science and Unemployment...

John Thompson (
30 Jun 1995 22:29:34 GMT

In article <> (Thomas S. Zemanian) writes:
>In article <>, (Clive
>D.W. Feather) wrote:
>> In article <3shhc8$>,
>> Stephen S. Lee <> wrote:
>> > Hey, this is not exactly a novel idea. Get thee hence to a history book,
>> > wherein you should read about the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and
>> > a group of people known as Luddites.
>> As someone whose family originated in Luddendon Foot, I should point out
>> that the early Luddites were not anti-technology for its own sake, but
>> because they were losing their jobs - that is, it was an early form of
>> Trade Union militancy.
>Hi Clive:
>You seem to be implying that the Luddites got their name from your
>ancestral home. One of my dictionaries (Webster's New World Dictionary of
>the American Language; College Edition (1968)) gives the etymology as
>"said to be after Ned Lud, feebleminded man who smashed two frames
>belonging to a Leicester employer (c. 1779)"
>What's the scoop? Is there a link between the place name and the man's name?

I don't know anything about this particular case but places (both names
and descriptions) are a common source of surnames (York, London, Marsh,
Rivers, Lake, Field). The other big sources that I have noticed are
occupations (Smith, Farmer, Taylor, Sawyer, Fisher) and fathers' given names
(all the *son names, like myself).

>The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone. Keep your filthy hands off 'em!

John Thompson
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