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Is there any support for this etymology? I'm not sure that I buy the "corruption of the term due to paperwork" theory, and it's the first time I've heard it - AlexandreDavigne 23:54, 29 October 2007 (EST)

  • Everyone that I asked about it took the layman's approach and related it to the "list of fighters", not the field of combat. However, if the SCA wants to think period, then it should use the term correctly for the field of combat. For this reason, it should always be a Lists Officer, never List Officer. Unfortunately I have too many instances of the later in the SCA (i.e. List Keeper, Mistress of the List).
To quote the Webster
List List (l[i^]st), n. [F. lice, LL. liciae, pl., from L. licium thread, girdle.]
A line inclosing or forming the extremity of a piece of ground, or field of combat; hence, in the plural (lists), the ground or field inclosed for a race or combat. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
- Cian Gillebhrath 10:05, 30 October 2007 (EST) (ex Baronial Lists Officer and stubborn linguist)