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land terms: Note: To a certain extent land terminology varies state by state and country by country. Although numerous terms have been included herein, Combs &c. also recommends TNGenNet's Land Terminology report.
L.D.: in the Southern U.S., often an abbreviation for Lorenzo Dow, a Methodist Preacher
Labon: variant spelling for Laborn, Labourn
Lar, Larry: nicknames for Laurence, Lawrence (variant spelling: Larrance)
legend: a plausible story held to be true (and sometimes they actually are true, but more often they're a mixture of truth and other narrative elements). Related terms:
myth: a sacred story, believed in, though not necessarily literally (think of the Biblical creation).
folktale: a story that isn't true and isn't thought to be (talking animals go here).
belief: not a story at all. People think it's true, and it might be. Beliefs function the same whether they're true or not.
urban myth: should be urban legend.
superstition: should be belief
-- Provided by Combs &c. folklorist Antone Minard
Letha, Lettie: nickname for Leatrice, Lettice, Leticia, Lettuce, Lutisha, Lydia, Violet, Violetta (Viletta).
Levicia, Levisa, Louvisa: variant spelling/pronounciation for Louisa
Libbie, Libby: nickname for Elizabeth
Liddie, Liddy: nickname for Lydia, Letha, Lithe
Lisa, Liza: nickname for Elizabeth
Lissie, Lissy: nickname for Malissa, Melissa
livery: (1) in old English law, a delivery of possession of their lands to the king's tenants in capite or by knight's service; also a writ to sue for same (see next); (2) a particular dress or garb (customary uniform) appropriate to certain persons, as the members of a guild, noblemen, gentlemen, etc.; (3) the privilege of a particular guild or company of persons, the members thereof being called "livery-men;" (4) a contract of hiring out work-beasts, particularly horse, to the use of the hirer (livery stable.
livery in deed: (feudal) investiture; delivery of possession; the corporal transfer of lands or tenements by a grantor to the grantee. Livery of seizin was the ceremony of transfer; livery in deed indicated the parties went to the land together and there delivered a twig, clod, key, or other symbol in the name of the whole; livery in law indicated a ceremony was performed, not upon the land, but in sight of it. Example
Livvy: nickname for Olivia
Liza, Lizzie: nickname for Eliza or Elizabeth
Lottie, Lotta: nickname for Charlotte
Luke: nickname for Luther
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