Saturday, October 13, 2012

Vintage Word Of The Day

"Tattie Bogles"-potato scarecrows 
In Scotland, one would make a scarecrow, and use a huge potato for a face to discourage birds from eating their crops.

"Neep Lanterns"-turnip lanterns made by scooping out a turnip and cutting through the skin to create eyes, nose and mouth. A candle was then placed inside.  Does this sound familiar?  It is the original Jack-O-Lantern.

The "Neep Lanterns" and "Tattie Bogles" were often made by Scottish children around Halloween, not knowing they were carrying on the old tradition of placing skulls on poles to keep evil spirits away.

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