Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Coming home from Chillicothe I noticed a small wooded section and I wondered aloud, "Do you think that's a copse?" Gerald asked, "What's the difference between a copse and a woods?" I said, "I'll have to look it up--I think a woods is bigger."
I continued: "Maybe it's a coppice or a spinney."
Gerald said he'd never heard those two words. I said that I would have to look up the difference between copse, woods, grove, coppice, and spinney.
Gerald said, "Maybe it's thicket." I said, "I think thicket suggests brambles."
I began to recite:
"Whose copse this is I think I know,
His house is in the village though,
My little horse must think it's queer
To stop without a farmhouse near."
I said, "Nah, woods sounds much better than copse; my apology to Robert Frost!"
When we arrived home I told my brother about the discussion. He said, "Maybe it's a boscage." I answered, "Now knowing THAT word is just showing-off!"
What I saw was a COPSE: "a small group of trees"; not a SPINNEY: "a small area of trees and bushes"; not a WOODS: "an area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees"; not a THICKET: "a dense group of bushes or trees"; it was definitely not a COPPICE: "an area in which the trees or shrubs are, or formerly were, periodically cut back to ground level to stimulate growth and provide timber or lumber".
As I kept reciting definitions, Les screamed, "TMI! TMI!"