Why is it called Foolscap Paper?
So what prompted a post concerning ‘foolscap’? Well, during a class at Xinmin Secondary (Feb 2013) a student asked me “why is it called foolscap?” Now obviously I didn’t know, however I promised to find out for the next lesson.
I find it interesting that this term is a legacy from the colonial days that has not been upgraded, even though the dimensions are different from the original term.
English words used in Singapore but not commonly used in the UK
- Alight (to come down from something (as in a vehicle))
- Bespectacled (wearing glasses)
- Foolscap (lined, legal-size paper)
- Mugging (learn or revise a subject as far as possible in a short time)
- Spectacles (glasses)