Page 226. " If you confuse a V with U, You'll find yourself in Timbuctoo "

Timbuktu (previously written Timbuctoo) is a town in the West African nation of Mali.

In Britain, it has traditionally been representative of a place that's very far away, or hard to reach.

 

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Page 227. " If Z should tie you up in knots, They'll send you to the Hottentots "

 Hottentots was the name given by Europeans to the Khoikhoi people of southwestern Africa. Today, the term is considered offensive.

The areas where the Khoikhoi lived were colonised by both the Dutch and the Germans.

Page 239. " a big clump of centaury, which was in full flower "
Red centaury
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRed centaury - Credit: Franz Xaver
Illustration of Centaurium erythraea from 'Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (1885) by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé
Public DomainIllustration of Centaurium erythraea from 'Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (1885) by Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé - Credit: Kurt Stueber

There are twenty different kinds of centaury, all of which belong to the plant group known as Centaurium.

One type of centaury which grows in the Swiss Alps is common centaury whose Latin name is Centaurium erythraea.

It is also known as European centaury, red centaury, and Christ's ladder.

Red centaury has traditionally been used in herbal medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

Page 244. " Then there are things with big leaves which Grandfather calls Bright Eyes "

There are about 450 different kinds of Eyebright (Euphrasia).  

One common type of Eyebright which grows in the Swiss Alps is Alpine eyebright. Its Latin name is Euphrasia alpina.

 

 

Euphrasia alpina
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEuphrasia alpina - Credit: User: Tigerente