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Dennis wrote:

> Rocks heated in the open fire were also used to heat bath 
> water. These weren't called "brotha" (pl. of "bruth") however, 
> but rather prosaicly "clocha fothraicthe" (DIL C 248.32-6).

What a shame! I suppose this still leaves the possibility that 'bruth'
refers to the state of the contents of the cup - 'a boiling-over thing'.

Neil