Word of the Week

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Who could pass up “coddiwomple” as a word of the week? The sound is outstanding and the meaning sublime.

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Downton Abbey: Left Footers?

In last night’s Downton Abbey Robert says he doesn’t want his granddaughter to be a “left-footer.” That was a Catholic slur I’d never heard, though it was apparent it was derogatory.

I found the explanation on this website, Glesca Pals.

Halfway down the page it explains that Irish Catholics used spades that had a foot rest for the left foot. Protestants used a different kind of spade.