Tuesday, February 10, 2009
amity, dance, jumbo
In the Grove.
A woman, walking on her own past a dress shop, stops suddenly when something that appeals to her catches her eye; and, almost as though to save her balance, does a little, involuntary dance in front of the window.
Jumbo is strange word. Its origin, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is unknown, but it can be traced back to the name of an elephant in the London zoo sold in 1882. Since then it applies to almost anything big from jets to outsize hens eggs. Today, at the health food shop in the High Street, the porridge oats which we usually have for breakfast are sold out. So I buy "jumbo oats" instead. What's the difference? I ask. They are the same; just bigger, I'm told.