(urth) BotNS in German

Matthew Malthouse matthew.malthouse at ntlworld.com
Sun Dec 5 15:10:25 PST 2004

At 22:42 05/12/2004, you wrote:
>Just curious: how well known is the word 'barbican' among native speakers 
>of English with an 'advanced' vocabulary?

I suspect that this is going to vary with location but for English English 
speakers I'd have thought the word if not commonplace at least not 
particularly rare.

A number of cities other than London have areas and institutions named 
Barbican because of a historic link with such a structure, Plymouth, 
Gloucester and York immediately come to mind.


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