75 Interesting Facts About England

Last updated on February 24th, 2018

10 Interesting English words

#41. SWIMS is the same upside down!

#42. Catawampus is a word! It means awry, like a kitty corner is…

#43. ‘Squirrel’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘shadow tail’!

#44. ‘Billowy’ is the longest non-scientific English word to have its letters in alphabetical order.

#45. The letter X is not a new symbol for a kiss in text messages. It was first used in a 1763 letter from Gilbert White, who was a naturalist.

#46. Clue once meant a ball of thread – now it is something that can lead you out of a maze. Does it ring a bell?

#47. If several years ago you heard Gardyloo on the streets of Edinburgh, it was a warning that slops of toilet were about to be thrown from the window overhead. Thankfully, those days are long gone.

#48. The word ‘daisy’ is shortened from ‘day’s eye’ because the daisy opens and closes with the day.

#49. The word ‘girl’ once meant a child or young person of either sex!

#50. Taradiddle is a word that has been a favorite of many writers, from Balzac to G.K. Chesterton and even J.K Rowling. We don’t know where this word for ‘unpretentious nonsense’ came from, but there is a myth that it was born in the Irish town of Taradiddle, which doesn’t really exist!

10 Facts about food in England

#51. Toad in the Hole looks and tastes much better than it sounds. It is simply sausages in Yorkshire pudding, named so because apparently (to some) it looks like toads popping up from a hole.

#52. You can also eat ‘spotted dick’ in England, and snigger while you eat. This is a dried fruit and suet pudding popularly served with custard in Britain. The word ‘dick’ doesn’t mean what you think it means! It may just be a corruption of ‘pudding’.

#53. Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit is nothing but melted cheese on toast – the original name is really a silly and patronizing dig at the Welsh.

#54. You can eat Bletted Medlars in England. Sounds strange, and even stranger, it is made by letting medlars (a small apple-like fruit) rot. The odd thing is, the rotted fruit is really delicious!

#55. Cullen skink is nothing odder than a thick haddock, onion and potato soup originally from the Scottish town of Cullen.

#56. Stargazey pie is an odd invention – a pie with pilchard heads and tails poking out of the pie crust into the sky. It is a traditional Cornish Christmas meal.

#57. Ever tried singing hinnies from Northern Britain? They are nothing but current cakes that sizzle or ‘sing’ on the griddle whey are cooked. They are ‘hinnies’ because it is a term used for loved ones.

#58. Many Roman Roads in Britain have cherry trees along the way. The story goes, they sprouted from the cherry stones spat by soldiers!

#59. Garlic crowdie is a delicious Scottish cheese seasoned with garlic.

#60. When in England, you can eat ‘love in disguise’ – just a fancy name for stuffed hearts of cows and pigs!

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