One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mineral coal, as distinct from other types of coal such as charcoal.
- ‘In 1306 King Edward I of England issued a proclamation banning the use of sea coal in London due to the smoke it caused.’
- ‘However, a more likely explanation is that sea-coal was originally found in a washed-up form on the beaches of the North-East and other parts of the country.’
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