One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for cole
- ‘Markham suggests colewort - a sort of cabbage - boiled in ale, the ale to be drunk at every meal.’
- ‘Amongst herbs I have eaten I find gourds, cucumbers, coleworts, melons, disallowed, but especially cabbage.’
- ‘Other names for kale include the Dutch boerenkool (farmer's cabbage) and ‘collards’ (a corruption of colewort and the usual name in the USA) All derive from the Greek kaulos, meaning stem.’
- ‘It is said that no sort of food causes so much thirst as cabbage, especially that called colewort.’
- ‘Kale, or kail, is the Scottish name for the plant, colewort in English, so you will observe the Scots name predominates.’
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