Category Archives: Word of the Week


MICKLE—a once great word

Many a mickle makes a muckle, is a saying from the north of England (1). In Scotland: a wheen o' mickles mak's a muckle was recorded in the late 19th century (2). A Jamaican website reports a current Jamaican saying as: Every mickle mek a mockle (3).

Mickle is a very old word which has survived...

Read more

Calling a yelve a dung fork

Still hunting for words to use to distinguish between a three-tined and a four-tined fork I was rewarded with a consolation prize. I have discovered the word for a dung fork is a yelve (a dung fork is used for clearing dung from stables or from cattle stalls). This word, sadly, has almost completely disappeared...
Read more

Tears for the crocodile

I have just got back from a trip to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with my family. While we were there we visited the Australia Zoo at Beerwah. It is, of course, famous as the “home of the Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Irwin. It is a great zoo and now a bit of a memorial for...
Read more

Pease porridge old

Pease pudding (also known as pease pottage or pease porridge) is a traditional dish from the industrial north-east of England. Making pease pudding involves soaking split yellow peas (or Carlin peas) in stock (usually ham stock) and boiling them for around 40 minutes. It is the English version of dhal from India or fava from...
Read more