Gallicum Merleburgæ

French of “Stratford atte Bowe.”

“There is a spring which (so they say), if anyone tastes, he murders his French [Gallice barbarizat]; so that when anyone speaks that language ill, we say he speaks the French of Marlborough [Gallicum Merleburgæ].” —Walter Map.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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