What sort of a gill will you see first? One on a fish or a young frog?
(This is actually a young Alpine Newt, which helpfully wears its gills (the feathery things) on the outside.)
Or one on a mushroom?
By Luridiformis at en.wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16389371
Will it be the official sort of gill which is a quarter of a pint? Or the more generous Northern English gill, which is a half?
Will it be a narrow stream, or a wooded ravine, or a pot hole?
Will it be ground ivy? Or a female ferret?
photo by גיא חיימוביץ The gill is on the right.
Or, best of all, will it be a sweetheart?
It occurs to me that the one we spot will tell us a lot about our lives...
...hey, I think we may have just invented the gill test.*
Spot the Frippet: gill. The fish and mushroom word came from Scandinavia in the 1300s. The liquid measure came from the Old French gille, which meant vat, from the Latin gillō, cooking vessel. The geographical feature came in the 1000s from the old Norse gil, steep-sided valley. The sweetheart is a short form of the name Gillian.
*I expect my first gill to be on a mushroom. This is just slightly depressing.