Friday, 28 September 2012
Word To Use Today: stammel.
You don't know what stammel is?
Well, be grateful.
Stammel is a sort of coarse woollen cloth. It's usually dyed a rather unpleasant red:
This colour is called stammel.
and it's used to make underclothes.
I'm itching already!
A stammel can also be a large awkward mare, or what John Ash in 1775 called a bouncing wench. John Ash also said that stammel is a sort of bay colour, but as far as I know no one else agrees with him.
The janissaries, the fierce fighters of Ottoman Turkey, are said to have worn stammel breeches:
So now we know why they were so bad-tempered, don't we.
Word To Use Today: stammel. This word comes from the Old French estamin, from the Latin stāmen, a thread.