Word(s) of the week: ‘Manse’ and ‘Jinny’



My job is all about ‘words’ and making ‘words’ work in the copywriting and web content writing world.

So I thought I’d create a ‘word of the week’ blog spot focusing on ‘words ’that we just don’t seem to use much in our everyday language.

And then I’m going to try and use these ‘words’ as much as I can so they become part of my life.

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Word(s) of the Week: ‘MANSE’ and ‘JINNY’

I’ve fallen behind a bit with my ‘words of the week’.  So, this week, it’s 2for1!

I’ve discovered these two words since I’ve been living in Tutbury, so I’ll call them my Tutbury words.

Everyday I pass a house called The Old Manse.  It’s up by the castle and I was sure this word had medieval connections.  Having looked it up it does in fact mean ‘rectory’ or mansion house.  And now I find that I’m seeing it on the name plates of quite a few of the older houses in nearby villages.

Jinny proved more difficult.  We’ve got a Tutbury Jinny (model shop), and a Jinny Inn, and also a Jinny Trail.  But no reference to ‘Jinny’ in the dictionary.   And then I found out that it was the affectionate name for a steam train service that used to run between Tutbury and Burton….and it all made sense.