Minnow by Stuart Buckle

Minnow by Stuart Buckle

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This carving in Welsh slate by Stuart Buckle, celebrates the word ‘Minnow’, and was created as part of our exhibition ‘The Lost Words - Forget-me-not.’ For this exhibition artists have created a permanent record of the natural words removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Size: 19 x 40cm

NOUN: MINNOW

A small freshwater Eurasian fish of the carp family, which typically forms large shoals.

Phoxinus phoxinus, family Cyprinidae.

ORIGIN: Late Middle English: probably related to Dutch meun and German Münne, influenced by Anglo-Norman French menu ‘small, minnow’.

Being inquisitive about our surroundings helps us to learn to look after and preserve them. Much of my childhood was spent outdoors observing wildlife and the natural world. The words celebrated in this exhibition have always been part of my day-to-day life in the countryside. It’s important to me to share these words and the experiences they represent with my young children so that they do not become lost. Small and insignificant the minnow may be – it is often used as bait for larger fish – so much more important then, to protect it!

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