January 31, 2019
cardigan (noun)
\KAHR-dih-gun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a usually collarless sweater opening down the front
How do you use it?
"She touched a white sweater hanging on the back of a chair. ‘My mother's favorite white cardigan,' she said." (Sharon Creech, _Walk Two Moons_)
Are you a word wiz?

The word "cardigan" comes from a historical event. What historical event to you think gave us "cardigan"?

James Thomas Brudenell, the seventh Earl of Cardigan, was a very fashionable man. During the Crimean War (1853-56), his soldiers kept warm through the harsh winter by wearing knitted vests that opened in the front. These vests (and a variation with sleeves) were called "cardigans" after the Earl. Remarkably, two other words for clothing came from the Earl's Crimean involvement. Cardigan's commanding officer at Balaclava, the Baron Raglan, wore a coat with sleeves that reached up to the neck--sleeves we now call "raglan" after the Baron. Likewise, the village Balaclava loaned its name to a knitted hat that covers the head, face, and neck. The Earl is probably best known, however, for leading the Charge of the Light Brigade, a disastrous attack that was immortalized in a poem of the same name by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
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