Whodunnit? (oh_meow) wrote in linguaphiles,

Today I got a coin from Guernsey in my change. The inscription on it interested me. It said "S'BALLIVIE INSULE DE GERNEREVE" which obviously means "(from?) the Bailiwick of the Island of Guernsey". It was the language itself that interested me. It's not the endangered local language, which looks like French but with some different spellings and vocab. Could it be some sort of Normanised Latin? The coins in the rest of the UK tend to have either standard Latin or Welsh mottoes engraved on them ( I particularly like the Scottish one which boils down to "don't mess with us!").
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