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A bit of Americal – Unusual place names in Ohio1. – Knockemstiff

Change of gears. Who remembers Alistair Cook’s “Letter from America” well here’ s Bristolians version in A bit of Americal. I have started with a previous theme of unusual place names. We have plenty of these in the USA.

KNOCKEMSTIFF,  Ross county, Ohio

Slang term for Moonshine

illegal liquor from maize

distilled in secret



Obscure words explained 81. – cavil


Blow against the fur*

he cavils at all I say

only to find fault

Note: To blow against the fur comes from the practice of furriers to blow against a pelt to find imperfections.