Five questions about strange words – Quick Quiz answers

We asked you five quick trivia questions about strange words. Here are the answers:

  1. baldric
    It’s a belt worn over one shoulder, typically made of leather and used to carry a weapon (especially a sword) or a musical instrument (especially a drum or a bugle).
  2. gadroon
    To gadroon something is to give it a decorative motif consisting of a series of convex curves; it’s often used on 18th-century silver and in plasterwork. Here’s an example.
  3. abba
    From the Aramaic word for “father”, this is the term for a bishop in the Syriac or Coptic churches. (Nothing to do with Swedish Eurovision-winning pop groups; they were ABBA.)
  4. terebinth
    Sounds a bit like one of those tortoise-like things you used to get in tanks at school, doesn’t it? But this is the name given to two species of tree, Pistacia terebinthus and Pistacia palaestina, and was the original source of turpentine. As the botanical names suggest, it’s closely related to the pistachio, which is Pistacia vera.
  5. mavis
    Forget Coronation Street – a mavis is simply the Old English name for a song thrush (Turdus philomelos), although the name is still in use in some parts of England.

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Kay has been an expat for nearly 30 years. She set up the British Expat website back in early 2000, whilst living in London and missing the expat life. These days she spends much of her time lugging computers and cameras around the world. (Dave gets to deal with all the really heavy stuff.)

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