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:

Teresa Ashby said...

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

Wendy's Writing said...

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!)

Anonymous said...

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!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

JJ Cocker said...

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

Deborah Walker said...

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

Old Kitty said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

And a couple for you too, JJ. x x

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Thank you, Kitty.

Linda G. said...

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.

Suzanne Furness said...

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

Linda King said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Definitely not, Linda.

Patsy said...

It is, Alex - pelican sized!

Patsy said...

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

Heather Holden said...

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

Maria said...

'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.

Patsy said...

Glad I could tell you something new, Heather.

Patsy said...

You're welcome, Maria.

Maggie May said...

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.

Patsy said...

Glad you liked the story, Maggie.