Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian


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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


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Obscure words explained 81. – cavil

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.