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Outfit: Town, Village, Hamlet, the British English Distinctions


Thomas and I live in a village. I have to remind myself to refer to it as a village and not a town because the two terms feel interchangeable to me.
The only difference being "village" sounds outdated and "town" rolls off my tongue more easily. But here these terms actually have very specific meanings; it's one of the differences between British English and American English. Our village is indeed small with only a couple of shops (the main shop is actually, delightfully, named "The Village Shop") and houses, but it isn't the size that designates it as a village. Rather, a village doesn't have a Cathedral or market (although it can have a church). To be a city you must have a Cathedral, but the population of said city could be less than that of a neighboring town. So some cities are actually smaller than towns. To be classified as a town you must have a market. Another one I never even imagined had specifics to it is a hamlet. When I picture a hamlet, pastoral scenes of rolling green hills and pristine white sheep are conjured into my mind. But in fact a hamlet is where a couple of houses are clustered together at a crossroads; they don't have a church or shops.
These pictures were taken in a city that has two Cathedrals, but this particular charming street of stone houses and brightly colored doors always feels more like a quaint town (or village?) to me. These houses are very much what I picture Ireland to look like when I imagine it--old stone buildings with colorful doors. And of course there is that here, and those famous rolling green hills, but it's also so much more and the architecture; cities, villages, and hamlets are quite varied as well...

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for clearing that up! I was trying to figure this out myself when I was visiting Ireland. So now I must ask: what is the difference between a cathedral and a church?

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

@Anonymous, a church will have a priest/pastor, but a Cathedral has a higher order priest/pastor--a bishop. So many distinctions that we don't usually think about!

Laura Mitbrodt said...

Your dress is so pretty! I love that colour on you
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Romina said...

This pictures are so beautiful, I love the gestures you made with the dress, the setting, and the color pallette! Irealand seems very charming!

Joy said...

I love the last photo. It looks straight out of a vintage magazine.
-Joy
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Marta said...

I adore that dress and your hairstyle is so pretty!

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Minnie Muse said...

I always learn the most interesting things reading your posts. Especially considering you are an American, now living in Ireland, it is so easy to relate to the differences you learn and share with your readers about America verses British living. Now I know what to call places when I visit Ireland one day! Lovely ensemble as always:)
-Madison
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Catherine Dream said...

I couldn't stop staring at these photos, they're DELIGHTFUL!!

Nicole said...

I really like your combination of hat/dress/shoes. They all work perfectly together. Also, that is interesting to find out the distinctions of village/town/hamlet/city. Thanks for sharing!
The Artyologist

Georgiana said...

How lovely dress! And the colour becomes to your hair so much.

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Jo said...

Your lovely hair; that pretty hat; and that gorgeous swishy dress. And the setting for all three, simply perfection.

Malu Swartjes said...

This is such a gorgeous look, love it! <3 :)
xx Malu

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Michaela Scalisi said...

So beautiful photos! I adore your blue dress! It's nice that you're redhead again ;)

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Michaela

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Alyssa Gengos said...

I love these photos!
xx Alyssa
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the honey home said...

May I respectfully put in a request for more linguistic-themed posts? :) No really, this is just fascinating. I love things like this. If I haven't said it before, thank you so much for being a fashion blog that is not just about pretty outfits. (Though of course they're always impeccable and the photography on point!) <3

Emma said...

I love these pictures, and that dress looks so nice with your hair :-)

Lady Emily said...

Oh my, that dress is such a flattering cut! And I love the color on you ♡♡♡.

Abby | Lace & Lilacs said...

So cute! I adore this dress... but am now thoroughly confused as to whether I should be calling places towns/villages/hamlets etc... ;)