How well do you know your gardening terms? As with most groups of people with a specific hobby or occupation, those who garden have a specialized vocabulary—our garden jargon. We often use words that other people might not understand—or will they?
I have an interesting little quiz for you today. I’ve taken a series of gardening terms that have other meanings not related to gardening. For example, a bed can be a place we sleep—or a landscaped area, often filled with flowers.
I’ve picked ten such words plus an extra-tricky bonus word. They have a “normal” meaning, and also a specific, garden-related definition. I’ve given you the definitions that don’t pertain to plants. Can you come up with the garden-related word? Extra points if you know what it means in a garden context. The answers will appear Monday at the end of the article.
- A person who travels on a train, airplane, etc., without having paid for a ticket, especially a person using a complimentary ticket or free pass.
- To prevent complete loss of a bet by betting an additional amount or amounts against the original bet.
- To alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from by formal procedure.
- Unscrupulous use of one’s position to derive profit or advantages; extortion.
- The characteristic aroma of wines, liqueurs, etc.
- A person easily cheated, deceived, or imposed upon.
- Wounding the feelings severely; sarcastic.
- To economize unduly; stint oneself.
- The common or ordinary people
- To confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen.
Bonus word: The distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing.