Woolly thinking

When was the last time you called something shoddy?

And… do you know the term has its origins in the wool industry?

This morning I happened on this entry in Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Shoddy is woollen cloth that is torn up, shredded and made up into new fabrics.”

It set me off on a lovely journey musing on how amazing wool is – and how it was once so all-pervasive in European culture that words derived from it are still in use today, even when their original meanings have fallen into obscurity.

♥ etymology

♥ it’s now not completely and utterly gratuitous for me to share this splendid short film of the inimitable Godfrey Bowen shearing a sheep


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