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Sunday 21 February 2016

Sunday Rest: sobole. Word Not To Use Today.

Look, I'm a sucker for new words, but sobole...what does that mean? Is it a rather horrid word for mouth?

Or is it some African porridge made of the ground-up roots of...well, some plant of which the roots can be ground?

Do you say it SOBohl or s'BOHLay?

Well, it's actually SOHbohl (though, perversely, you say the plural, soboles, SOHbohleez). A sobole is a creeping underground stem that produces roots and shoots. 

In other words, just like me, it's a sucker.

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Photo by Libby norman (in my garden this rose sends up suckers all over the place. I'm not complaining).

Sunday Rest: sobole. This word comes from the Latin soboles, shoot, from subolescere to grow.

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