123 – Retail Therapy: The Rise of Anglo Saxon Towns

Alright, lets get to history. Specifically, lets talk about towns. And to start with, lets establish a couple terms I’m going to be using a lot. When I talk about towns and cities, what I’m largely talking about are larger communities that have a permanent population of traders and craftsmen and whose economy is focused largely upon trade. Conversely, villages are smaller communities that are built largely around agriculture. Villages might have more land than a town, but their population density will be much less (by nature of the work they do and the amount of arable land they require) and their economies tend to be more localized and based upon subsistence when compared with towns and cities.

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  1. Regarding southern pronunciation, I was in London last weekend, and at one point I had to ask for directions at at train station. What sounded to me like “Eesrom” actually turned out to be “East Croydon” !

  2. Ha ha! Thank you, Jamie, for explaining it to me! For 22 years I’ve been married to a rugby playing Englishman here in Colorado. He & his ex-pat mates take an annual rugby trip across the pond. Before this last trip I suggested he do a cultural tour in “Edinburgh” since they would be in Scotland at Murrayfield in “Edinbro!” He laughed at me and walked away. I thought maybe the joke was my suggestion, but thanks to your language/dialect explanation I now realize he laughed because I thought it was a different city! Joke’s on me! After 25+ years together, I’m still decipheringthe lingo. Now, please have a go at “Cockney Rhyming Slang!”

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