Attested: AI iter 2 and iter 6 Lactodoro
Where: Towcester Roman settlement at SP689481, in Northamptonshire, where Watling Street crosses the river Tove. It is tempting, but probably wrong, to suggest that RC’s Iaciodulma was corrupted from Lactodoro.
Name Origin: Latin laxus ‘wide, loose, open’ is an excellent description of the three lackadaisical channels of the river Tove at Lactodoro. Various English words (lag, lack, delay, relax, etc) are in that semantic area, with no certain etymology, and there is no need to invoke other explanations such as lactic ‘milky’. The ending is of course *duro- ‘crossing’.
Notes: Ekwall (1928: 414-415) convincingly explained the modern river name Tove as “derived from a lost adjective tōf meaning ‘dilatory’ .... I hardly know any English stream to which the name ‘the dilatory one’ would be more applicable”.
Last Edited: 27 May 2016