Hertfordshire Life - - PUZZLE PAGE -

Adam Ja­cot de Boinod was a re­searcher for the tele­vi­sion se­ries QI and is the au­thor of The Mean­ing of Tingo and Other Ex­tra­or­di­nary Words from Around the World, pub­lished by Penguin Books. Hav­ing re­searched the ru­ral di­alect of Hert­ford­shire, col­lected so lov­ingly by Vic­to­rian lex­i­cog­ra­phers, he sets us each month a Call My Bluff- type quiz. Can you guess the cor­rect def­i­ni­tions of the fol­low­ing ar­chaic county words?

1) miz­zle

A) un­set­tled weather B) to driz­zle; to slink away C) the leather strap to bind a hawk’s wing

2) larges

A) eye­brows

B) an in­for­mal meal of bread, cheese and beer C) pim­ples

3) hock­tide

A) one who haunts good ta­bles, a greedy sponger

B) the wind­ward side of a hedge

C) Easter Mon­day and Tues­day


C 3- B,2- B,1-

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