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Pens for Dickens? :

GAOLS

Both “jail” and “gaol” are pronounced the same way, mean the same thing and are rooted in the same Latin word for “cave”. The spelling “gaol” is seen quite often in the UK, although it is gradually being replaced with “jail”. The “gaol” spelling has Norman roots and tends to be used in Britain in more formal documentation.

“Pen” is a slang term for “penitentiary”. Back in the early 1400s, a penitentiary was a place to do “penance”, a place of punishment for offences against the church.

Charles Dicken lived his early life in conditions that he later used as a backdrop for many of his novels. His father was thrown into debtor’s prison and the young Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory.

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