Talk:Aquincum

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Ak-ink?[edit]

I have seen this name in a game of the Total War series, but never in any ancient sources. Can someone provide a source for this form of the name? Trigaranus (talk) 13:21, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

I keep removing this but it comes back. It's gibberish. It's conjecture by some amateur scholar from long ago: I traced it back to the 1911 Britannica, whose article is based on an earlier work from the 1850s, it could be even earlier in origin. Anyway, neither word has a Celtic root: the idea comes from the archaic notion that primitive people must have had primitive languages, so therefore the Celts communicated in monosyllabic grunts like "ak" and "ink" (ugg!) until the more civilised Romans came along and changed the name in their more sophisticated language to Aquincum. Utter nonsense of course, yet in persists because people with no knowledge of Celtic languages have blindly copied for 150+ years. Paul S (talk) 15:27, 16 February 2015 (UTC)