Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Obscure words

Our teacher listed words beginning with ch on the board including the following:

chéster - an English cheese made from cows milk in Chester - similar to manchego.
chelin - a shilling or 1/20th part of a pound. There are apparently 12 peniques to a chelin.
chevió or cheviot - wool from a Scottish sheep.

Spaniards have the strangest words -  the shilling was replaced by decimal coins years ago and the cheese is actually called Cheshire after the county not Chester after the city.

In England we would describe wool by its quality e.g. lambswool which is soft or Shetland which is coarse not by the type of sheep it comes from.

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