Friday, November 6, 2009


Cobbled: In this context, cobbled is an adjective meaning a street constructed of cobblestones. Evidently, though of similar linguistic age, this word does not share its etymology with cobbled meaning an repair or ad hoc construction. And also of seemingly independent etymology are: cobbler the fruit dessert and cobbler the shoemaker. Another unrelated word is corncob. I imagine cob sound so nice to the Anglo-Saxon ear that it was used over and over with different meanings.
Here the streets were cobbled and narrow.
Charlie began to talk to himself as he struggled over the cobblestones and several people glanced at him suspiciously.
It landed on the cobbled street with a soft, musical tinkle.
A Book for Today: Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

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