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Maundy

Maundy

    silver Maundy coins The effigy of the Queen on ordinary circulating coinage has undergone four changes, but Maundy coins still bear the same portrait of Her Majesty prepared by Mary Gillick for the first coins issued in the year of her coronation in 1953.     Maundy was originally the ceremony of washing […]

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hallmark

hallmark

      This picture shows grouping of hallmarks on a silver punchbowl. (They are not always in the same position.) 1 – Maker’s Mark – Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall 2 – Lion Passant – Sterling Silver Mark 3 – Assay Office Mark – London Post 1821 4 – Date Letter -‘E’ for 1880 […]

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a baker’s dozen

a baker’s dozen

    A baker’s dozen is a group of thirteen.   One of the first attestations of the expression is in John Florio’s Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues (1611): Serqua. A dozen, namely of eggs, or as we say a baker’s dozen, that is thirteen to the dozen. Serqua d’uuóua, the word is only used in […]

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pantechnicon

pantechnicon

  A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art – 1842 – by W. T. Brande           A pantechnicon is a large van, especially one used for furniture removals.     Pantechnicon is an invented word, from two Greek ones: the first syllable pan- means all, and tekhnikon belonging to the arts. […]

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barmy

barmy

    Barm is the froth that forms on the top of fermenting malt liquors. It is used to leaven bread, and to cause fermentation in other liquors. This is why the literal senses of the adjective barmy are: – of, full of, or covered with, barm, – frothing. Therefore, barmy came to be applied […]

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mumbo jumbo & jumbo

mumbo jumbo & jumbo

      MUMBO JUMBO     The word mumbo jumbo has the following meanings: foolish religious reverence, ritual, or incantation; meaningless or unnecessarily complicated language; an object of superstitious awe or reverence.   Mumbo jumbo is an anglicised approximation to a Mandigo term for an idol or god venerated by certain West African tribes. […]

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