When I was thinking about this prompt, the only thing that jumped into my head for the suffix “-wich” was that a lot of town names in England end in it, or in “-wick.” I knew there had to be some significance to the suffix, so I looked it up, and learned it’s an Anglo-Saxon suffix for towns that had a lot of artisans in them, and also for towns that had a brine spring or well. How salt and artisans are connected, I don’t know, but the Old English word “wic” meant both. Some examples: Northwich (Norwich, also a brand of aspirin back in the day), Ipswich, Middlewich, Droitwich, etc.
Amazing what you learn in this job.
I watched a video that explained the difference between what and which. Those of us that speak English understand, but the video was aimed at non-English speakers. Basically, if I said “What witch are you talking about?” I’m asking about picking a witch from the universe of witches, but “Which witch are you talking about?” limits the choice to a specific group of them.
An example of a specific group of witches is the witches from the movie The Wizard Of Oz. There are three of them there: The Wicked Witch of the East, on whom Dorothy’s house fell; The Wicked Witch of the West, the main antagonist of the story, played by the incredible Margaret Hamilton; and The Good Witch of the North, played by Billie Burke. Ms. Hamilton, incidentally, deserved an Oscar for her performance. Can you imagine that movie without her?
Now, I think I’ll have a sandwich…
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