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Monday, 5 February 2018

Spot the Frippet: scarf.

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Yoruba-style scarf. Photo by Morinzel

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photo by Quratt ul ain

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Geraldine Laufer, photo by David Laufer

A scarf is such an easy spot that perhaps we should play scarf snooker, where you have to spot scarves in particular colours according to the order in which snooker balls are potted in a game.

The order in which to spot the scarves in scarf snooker is: red, then some other colour (both these spotted alternately a total of fifteen times if you're feeling very keen); then yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black.

If you're incapable of noticing clothes then a scarf joint is used in woodwork and looks like this:

If you're incapable of noticing joints in woodwork, then scarfskin is the rather horrid name for the epidermis: basically that's the outer layer of the skin you can see.

It quite often comes wrapped in scarves, too.

Spot the Frippet: scarf. This word appeared in the 1400s from no one knows where, but there's a Latin word scrippum, which means pilgrims pack, which might have something to do with it.

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