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qotd, shawls

"Behind the shops at the western edge of the marketplace is a wooded bluff called Rayburn Shawl, which runs for nearly two miles above Wensleydale and provides the most magnificent views. According to legend, it got its name when Mary, Queen of Scots, dropped her shawl there while trying to escape from nearby Bolton Castle, where she was held prisoner for six months in 1658. The problem with this story is that shawl isn't recorded in England until 1662, long after Mary had a neck to wrap anything around. The Oxford English Dictionary doesn't have an entry for shawl as a landscape feature, which is a curious oversight, but there you are. Life sometimes bitterly disappoints."

-- Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling


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