16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, May 16, 1911: Started to make a much needed apron. Mother and I had quite a squabble over it. She said I wasn’t making it right. Started to embroider a jabot. Don’t suppose I need it though. Just something to take up room.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A jabot is a decorative ruffle on the front of a shirt or dress. A hundred years ago they were considered a stylish accessory. Currently female supreme court judges often wear them.
And, today I learned how to pronounce a new word. Jabot is pronounced zhab-oh or jab-oh I was telling my son that I needed to write an entry about jabots–and we ended up discussing how to pronounce it. I had pronounced it “ja-bot.” But according to the dictionary the “t” is silent.
I wonder what Grandma was doing incorrectly when she was making the apron. Old-time apron directions are in a previous post.
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