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Monday, 23 November 2015

Spot the Frippet: garth.

A garth is three lovely things: a courtyard surrounded by a cloister:

(that's Santo Domingo de Silos, in Spain)

 a yard or garden; 

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(West Dean garden, West Sussex, England. Photo: Charlesdrakew)

and a child's hoop, often made of the rim of a bicycle wheel:

After the horrors of Flight 9268 and the Paris attacks it's good to come across words made by good people to describe beautiful things.

It's a small gift of hope to us all.

Spot the Frippet: garth. The word meaning garden or yard comes from the Old Norse garthr and is related to our English word yard. The word meaning hoop is entirely different. It's used in the North of England and is a variant of girth.

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