Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Peck

The word of the week is peck. You probably already new it meant to nip or pick up with a beak or a hasty kiss.

Did you know a peck is also a unit of measurement for dried goods? I did, but had thought it was a tiny and vague amount (like a pinch or a sprinkle). Actually it's 1/4 of a bushel.

Still none the wiser? That's two gallons or around nine litres.

30 comments:

  1. That's far more pickled peppers than I ever imagined :-) x

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    1. Peter must have been having friends round, Teresa - hungry friends!

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  2. Thanks for letting us read your story, Patsy - it's great. Your information about puks reminded me of my worst type of maths lesson - I never did understand weights and measurements (still don't!)

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    1. Does sound a bit like those 'if 3 1/2 men dig 9 holes what time is it?' I admit. I'll forgive you if you don't remember the details.

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  3. Peter Piper was pickin' a bunch! Once again Patsy, loved the short story! Maria's fear of motherhood revealed in her humanistic reactions and worries, yet still so strong! And her recollection of childhood memories so vivid...& I know it's going to sound crazy, because he's not the lovable type or good guy, but we loved "Old Man Harvey"! But to us, it's characters like him that flavor a story! That make it relatable to the reader, as we have all had an "Old Man Harvey" in our life! We will be sharing this!

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    1. Thank you. I usually like my least lovable characters best.

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  4. Hi Patsy .. I love those old measurements ... great to be reminded of peck ... I always remember chain for some reason ... and the other day over at Mistress Snark's parlour I revealed that measurement in Anglo-Saxon times was in barleycorns!!

    It's a wonderful world ... and the sun is shining ... Hilary

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    1. I confess I don't know how long a chain is, Hilary - I think I'm right about it being a measurement of length?

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  5. Here's a peck on each upper most cheek for your insight. x...x

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  6. I can write story about aliens in less than 200 words. Will that do?

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    1. Don't see why not, Deborah. Good luck if you do have a go.

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  7. Awwww A Lesson Learned is lovely! I've just read it and I do like Maria's road to enlightenment! And I just know Mr Harvey will understand! It's lovely - thank you! Take care
    x

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  8. Lovely story, Patsy! :)

    I knew what a peck was already. I learned when I was in the play Guys and Dolls -- there's a song called "A Bushel and a Peck" in it.

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    1. And there was me thinking you knew it as that's how you measure your cocktails!

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  9. A peck, yeah sounds like it should mean a pinch of something. Thanks for enlightening us all :)

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    1. Goes sound like it should be a small amount, doesn't it.

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  10. You wouldn't want to confuse a peck with a speck or pack when cooking then!

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  11. A peck sounds like it should be bird-beak sized.

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  12. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Now I see what they were all talking about. Until they said it faster and faster. I love tongue twisters though. Great story.

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    1. I hadn't realised he had so much work to do, Suzy!

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  13. I love learning new info from posts like this. I had no clue that "peck" was a unit of measurement till now!

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    1. Glad I could tell you something new, Heather.

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  14. 'Give us a peck chick,' translated around these parts, is a greeting a parent gives a child when they want a kiss!

    Thanks for the information on the short story competition.

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  15. A lovely little story, where the characters really stand out. We used to recite the table with pecks and bushels. Can't quite remember it now though.

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