One of the joys of working with words is discovering new ones. I’ve just finished reading the short novel Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther, and in the chapter titled ‘At the Hop-Picking’, Mrs Miniver is, unsurprisingly, picking hops. She notices that “hops always twine with the sun, while scarlet runners invariably went a-widder-shin.”
What a great word! The Merriam-Webster dictionary explains that it originates from German and means, ‘in a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction.’
So runner beans grow and entwine in the opposite direction to the movement of the sun!
Now if I can just find a way to bring that into a conversation…