On 6 May 01, at 9:51, Xavier Delamarre wrote:
> It is an important element as I do not see how else to
> explain rationaly the name Tasc(i)o-uanos 'Badger-Slayer', knowing
> that the word tadg is glossed _fili_ in OI (LEIA even says, quoting
> O'Davoreen : gén. sing. thaidhg '(mauvais jugement) de poète') and
> that there was probably no glory for a young man, I suppose, to kill
> that medium-sized animal that is a badger (not a wolf or a bear).
Badgers are fierce and dangerous animals, their bite can easily maim
limbs, so I don't think that the name "badger-slayer" would be
inappropriate for a warrior, even more so, as there are a couple of
attestations of the name "badger" itself used as a personal name, for
example in your Gaulish dictionary s.v. broccos; or think of Italian
I would rather find it remarkable if someone called himself "poet-
slayer" resp. "satirist-slayer". Do you have more examples of such a
type of name?