Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Boxing clever

I learnt a new word yesterday, which should be shared with the wider world. It is trollopsarian. Try and slip it into everyday conversation.

It's meaning: someone whose hobby is spotting post boxes, derived from Anthony Trollope, the Victorian novelist and big cheese in the Post Office in the 1850s, who suggested that collecting mail from the Channel Islands could be done much more easily if a few "letter-receiving pillars" were installed. The first British pillar boxes were installed in Jersey in 1852, with the one pictured here from Guernsey a year later.

Thanks to my friend and Times colleague Robert Cole, who is a trollopsarian, for introducing this word into the English language.

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