Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Speak like a Saxon - in the garden

Impress your gardening buddies with some Old English plant names next time you're out. Here's one to get you started:

Heahheolode - elecampane

["hay-ach-hay-oh-load-uh"]

There's a great wikipedia article on elecampane...ahem...enquire in one of the Leechdoms* for all you need to know on this mighty plant.

The elecampanes in my patch of ground are just starting to poke through the earth, so you'll have plenty of time to get practising this word.


* to be precise, Leechdoms, Wortcunning and Starcraft of the Anglo-Saxons, ed. O. Cockayne, London (1864-6)

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