How British Am I?: Numfudge

I’m preparing my IgnitePortland12 talk, and I was looking for an earlier citation for choke-sparrow, which is a kind of wheat that presumably chokes sparrows.  I found an entry in a Google Book called “The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Volumes 29-30” from 1897, which is great for me. The magazine appears to include an adorably regional dictionary of Wiltshire from that time. Check out the entries surrounding choke-sparrow:


It goes from the vulgar to the festive in four entries, I love it. But I also found this:

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 2.19.46 PMI’m not sure I have anything intelligent to say about numfudge, but it certainly brightened my day to learn of its existence. I hope it’s done the same for you. Let’s all go on holiday to Trowbridge and complain about its excessive numfudgery, what.

October 24, 2013

in 2013,compounds,Words & Origins

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Chris Freeman November 15, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Great presentation at IgnitePortland12. Thanks. I would love to see the slides again. Will you be posting or summarizing them?


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