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Monday, 16 November 2009

Mosaic Monday: Conkers



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7 comments:

rae said...

The title of this post made me laugh! We don't call them "conkers," but that seems the most apt name I've ever heard of! (The photos are lovely, too. :)

DawnTreader said...

Rae, I learned or was reminded of the word "conker" from Scriptor Senex, who used it in some post on the Soaring through the World blog earlier in the autumn. Looking it up again just now in the dictionary I keep nearest at hand, it says "conker = Brit. the dark brown nut of a horse chestnut tree". So I guess "conker" is used in Britain but perhaps not in the US... In Swedish we call them by the equivalent of "horse chestnuts", or often just chestnuts.

Blogeomah said...

The name "conkers" comes from "conquerors". It's a game played with chestnuts by children (and adults!) in the UK. The idea is to swing your conker, threaded on somestring, against your opponents conker to see which breaks first!

DawnTreader said...

Thank you very much for that info, Blogeomah! I did read somewhere that conkers was also a name of a game, but it was not really explained. Blogging is very educational... :)

Lavender Cottage said...

I wasn't a tomboy by any means but do remember playing conkers in public school. We used to hammer a nail through the chesnuts and insert a long black lace so that there was a chesnut tied to each end.
Thanks for the memories..........

eileeninmd said...

Interesting post and photos on the conkers. I do not remember playing the game though.

Carol said...

Fun! Have a great week!

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