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Some weird words from nature

As someone who works with words every waking hour, but also with a keen interest in gardening and natural history, I’m always fascinated by some of the weird and wonderful names for plants and features of the landscape and how they originated. Here are a few of my favourites – see if you’re familiar with any of them.

  • daddock – rotten or decayed wood (1624)
  • maerpeldre – an apple tree on a boundary (Anglo Saxon)
  • rampick – a tree bare of leaves or twigs (1593)
  • shucky – unsettled weather
  • swallocky – sultry weather
  • truggy – dirty weather

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