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 Blufftype quiz. Can you guess the cor­rect def­i­ni­tions of the fol­low­ing ar­chaic county words?

1) rum­ble

A) to un­der­stand B) to snore

C) to roll around

2) rowen

A) the sec­ond swarm of bees in the same sea­son

B) a sec­ond crop of hay

C) a lean deer not fit to hunt

3) quamp

A) a scarecrow B) to squash, sub­due C) to walk with a heavy step, es­pe­cially through weari­ness

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