Let’s Talk About The Henge

London

This was recommended to me by my neighbour, film director and ace trumpet player Mike Figgis, who shares my silly sense of musical humour. Warning; the song will stay in your brain and do damage. It’s all about the henge.

3 comments on “Let’s Talk About The Henge”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Well that was fun. I looked up ‘henge’ to see what other forms there might be, but I’m told this is a back formation from Stonehenge. That can’t be right, can it? Why ‘stone’ henge in that case?

  2. Jakethepie says:

    ‘Henge’ comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which implies ‘hanging’ or ‘supported’ (see modern ‘hinge’) and seems therefore refer to the lintel-like stones which distinguish this particular stone circle. Using the word to describe a particular type of ancient bank and ditch circular monument where the ditch is inside the bank is a back-formation from Stonehenge (even though technically Stonehenge is not a ‘henge’ in this sense!), probably simply because of it’s pre-eminence.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    So it’s the meaning that’s a back-formation, not the word, although those lintels are certainly ‘supported. Hmm, I should have a word with the Collins people. Thank-you, Jakethepie.

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