Word for Wednesday: Cardigan

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for August is eponymous words

An eponymous word is a word that is named after a person or fictional character. These people or characters are known as eponyms and examples include the Earl of Sandwich (sandwiches), the Duke of Wellington (wellington boots), and Don Quixote (quixotic). 

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the words August, hoover, and echo. Our final word for the month is cardigan

A cardigan is a knitted jacket that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zip.

The word dates to 1868 and is named for James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, who supposedly wore such a jacket when he led the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854.

25 Aug 2021
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