Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Near the Savoy.
Are there, then, people may ask no myths arising from forgetfulness of the meaning of words? There are multitudes; there are all the myths springing from 'folk etymologies.' Thus we have the brazen nose over Brasenose gate. 'Brasenose' merely means 'brewing house' but the meaning was lost.---The Nineteenth Century, v.19. Andrew Lang, 1886.
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