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From: matthew.malthouse@guardian.co.uk
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 14:42:15 +0100
Subject: Re: (urth) PEACE: 3 Misses

On 20/08/2002 06:08:34 Roy C. Lackey wrote:

> I can make nothing of "Tyler".

Not having read Peace I have no idea if there's any relevance but the word
can mean door or gate keeper.  Archaic and obsolete except in Masonic
Lodges where the additional meaning of keeping out the uninitiated applies
and Tyler is a formal position. To tyle the lodge; bar the doors assured
that only the aurhorised are within.

The more prosaic meaning being a tiler, one who makes, provides or lays
(roof) tiles.  The "i" spelling is prfered to the "y" after about 1670
although the "y" remains more common as a name.

From that a cat that frequents roofs.  A sneak-thief or burgular.

Obscurly; also a c17 shoplifter.

Is that of any help?



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