Sheriff – random curiosity

As most of my friends can attest, I’m a rather curious person. This might be strange for some people, as I’m known to pull out my blackberry looking for an answer for a question no one knows exactly how to answer. As a consequence, today I’m looking up sheriff, just…well…because!

So, the argument started with me wondering if the word had any relation with “sharif“, an “Arabic title of respect (…)¬†Sharifs originally were heads of prominent families in a town.” (in Enciclopaedia Britannica) My husband kindly reminded me that the word was already used in Medieval England (e.g., the famous Sheriff of¬†Nottingham), and so the search began.

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