Talk:Hue and cry

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Contemporary usage[edit]

I find the section about it being a media-specific usage a bit dubious. In Canadian usage at least, the phrase merely means "raise an alarm, make a fuss," in other words the simplest sort of analagous use. Someone complaining to a group of people noisily and what have you. The specific case of a -media- hue and cry doesn't seem to be an unusually important use of the phrase, and the part about opposing sides inevitably forming around an issue seems downright unrelated to the phrase. (talk) 07:15, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree. Removed at least the strangest bit of it; left the rest for the moment. :-) User:Glenn Willen (Talk) 02:47, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Removed it entirely. Sounds biased. Phearson (talk) 00:57, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

The Latin etymology here is incorrect[edit]

The origin is late Middle English, from the Anglo-Norman French legal phrase hu e cri, literally ‘outcry and cry', from Old French hu ‘outcry’ (from huer 'to shout'). -- Evertype· 20:09, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

I'd hate to see the page removed completely, but it would be good to find a few reasonably definitive sources to support either etymology. I have found both etymologies,[1], but also [2]. "Hue and Cry" emerging (if the legal reference is correct) at the latter end of the dominance of Anglo-Norman in the noble class in England. Unfortunately, the etymological resources on the web are quite limited and poorly cited. One would need to cite a well-documented printed source on this.

Also, "AF" should be wikilinked to "Anglo-French" General Ludd (talk) 19:02, 5 November 2011 (UTC)


We need a citation of the original Statute of Winchester that discusses this issue: Google Books has a copy of the text here:

General Ludd (talk) 19:32, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

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