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seersucker & crêpe

seersucker & crêpe

  seersucker – crépon   Seersucker is a lightweight fabric with a crimped or puckered surface. The word seersucker is from an East Indian alteration of Persian šir o šakar. This Persian term means, literally, milk and sugar.  By transference, the term came to mean striped cotton garment, because seersucker formerly was typically made of […]

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handicap

handicap

  A contraction of hand in cap, the word handicap dates back to the mid-17th century, and was originally the name of a betting game in which players put forfeit money in a cap or bag and then drew from it.   The game was described by J. S. Coyne in Notes and Queries, dated […]

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