"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 18 July 2009


Crambo sounds to me like some sort of stew but it isn't. It was a parlour game

Crambo was an old rhyming game which was played as early as the 14th century under the name of the ABC of Aristotle. In the days of the Stuarts it was very popular, and is frequently mentioned in the writings of the time. It was a guessing game in which players guessed words that rhymed with a clue word, seeking a word that was kept secret or concealed.

The even better sounding Dumb Crambo was a similar game in which the whole game was played in mime - rather like charades.

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