El (lengtemaat)

Discussion in 'Nederlands (Dutch)' started by monalisa!, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. monalisa! Banned

    wiki says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell that the Flemish ell was 68.6 cm, while the correspondin Dutch article gives different measures.
    Can you tell me something more about it? is the Flemish ell different from the Dutch ell ( el)?
    Do you know if the word for it in Flanders before 1820? would it be jus el ?

    Thanks a lot
  2. triptonizer Senior Member

    Ghent - Belgium
    Nederlands - België
    Given that the precise measure of an ell differed even between Amsterdam and The Hague it's not surprising it also differed from its Flemish homonym. According to this article the word (derived from "elleboog", elbow) has been around at least since the 13th century. See also here.

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