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A Christmas Carol A Penny for Your Thoughts Vocabulary
Shilling 12 pennies or 12 pence Also known as a “Bob”
Bob What it is NOT…
Bob 12 pennies or 12 pence Also known as a “schilling”
Ha’ Penny Ha’ penny Think “half” Apostrophe replaces the l and f ½ a penny
Blind man’s Buff Game where someone is blindfolded and tries to tag another person who can move around the room freely
dog days of summer Days in summer that are so HOT, even the dogs want to cool down any way they can. Karmen in the pool and Crystal on a floatie
Genius of the Weather An ALLUSION is defined as a hint or implied reference to something. A guardian spirit that controls the weather We sometimes refer to “Jack Frost” in modern times.
gruel A thin watery oatmeal-like food Often this was all the poor could afford to eat.
ironmongery iron or metal nail purchased in hardware stores
jackals Wild dogs that are smaller than wolves
rag and bone shop A store that collects discarded items or refuse for resale A British shop common in Dickens day The picture shows a rag and bone shop in A Christmas Carol
catarrh inflammation of a mucous membrane affecting the nose and A REALLY BAD COLD! “A-a-a-c-h-o-o-o!”
lumbago extreme chronic pain in the lower back “Ouch!”
pneumonia Respiratory lung infection Often fatal without antibiotics
charwoman An English housekeeper
stave Where musicians write the notes on paper
Treadmill Law Law in England that sent the poor to prison for not being able to pay their debts. Prisoners were “walked” on a revolving treadmill for many hours a day
Union workhouse An institution where people who have committed minor law violations are confined to a work place Do these ladies look like lawbreakers to you?
Poor house Place maintained at public expense for the support and employment of needy or dependent persons Scrooge was angry that he was taxed for this.
Counting house A building or office used to keep accounts or complete transactions.
grindstone Something used to sharpen a metal object Another phrase for your job
hob Shelf near a fireplace or stove where food can be kept warm
Old Scratch Another word for the devil
Millinery shop A shop that produces and sells hats
clerk An office worker who keeps track of income for a business Bob Cratchet
Steaming Bishop A hot, spiced wine
pudding A steamed, cake-like dessert
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