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Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sunday Rest: grough. Word Not To Use Today.

 A grough is a natural channel or firm place in a peat moor:

photo by Lis Burke

How do you say it?

Does it rhyme with grow, cow, zoo, lough, or saw?


It's said gruff, as a matter of fact.

But how on earth anyone's supposed to know that I can't imagine.

Word Not To Use Today: grough. This is a new word - well, it's from the 1900s, anyway - so there's really no excuse for the impossible spelling. The word might come from an obsolete spelling of gruff in its obsolete meaning of a bit of rough terrain

But wherever it originated, the people who coined it were far too busy showing off to be a help to anybody.

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