} Sheesh. Look -- if you eighth-century Anglo-Saxons can't figure out
} what to name your villages, you should stop founding them.
} *Sigh*. Okay, let's look at your situation. At your proposed site,
} you've got a nice shallow place for cattle to cross the river, and an
} old Roman mile-stone with a few carved letters still visible on it.
} Now, given the importance of the first feature, the most sensible name
} would be "Oxford", but that's already taken. So the two options you've
} come up with are:
} 1) Name the village after both the stone and the ford, and call it
} "Stanford", or
} 2) Name it after just the carved stone, and call it "Silicon
} Of these, the former is by far the better choice. "Stanford" is a good,
} solid, Anglo-Saxon compound word, and is even kind of catchy. "Silicon
} Graphics", on the other hand, is a full five syllables, is not
} particularly euphonious, and consists of one word in Latin (which no
} one in Britain except a few monks can understand) and one word in Greek
} (which no one at all in Britain will be able to understand until the
} Renaissance, which isn't for another eight hundred years). Stick with
} You owe the Oracle a videotape of _Bridge Over the River Cam_.