Snickets and robots
Today’s word, snicket ['snɪkɪt], is a narrow passage between buildings, walls or fences in some parts of northern England. It’s origins are shrouded in mystery.
There are quite a few other words for such passages, including: gennel/ginnel/jennel ['dʒɛnəl, 'dʒɪnəl, 'gɪnəl], vennel, bunnyrun, close, wynd, jitty, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, entry, lane, laneway, twitten and twitchel.
Do you have any others?
I’m listening to Fry’s English Delight while writing this and just discovered that traffic lights are called robot in South Africa.