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Nottingham element: Nesh

Nesh is an English dialect adjective meaning 'unusually susceptible to cold weather' and there is no synonym for this use.

It is embraced as a Nottingham word although usage has been recorded in Staffordshire, the East Midlands, Lancashire, North Wales, South Yorkshire and Shropshire. There is a similar term nish used in Newfoundland.

The word comes from Old English hnesce meaning feeble, weak, or infirm and is a cognate with the 16th century Dutch word nesch typically meaning damp or foolish.

Nesh was added, in 2011, to the British Library 'wordbank', a project to preserve regional dialect words and phrases.

Scientific element: Neon

Neon is a noble gas.

It is colorless and has no smell.

If put in a certain kind of tube, it glows a reddish-orange color.

Neon is extremely rare and is not found many places on Earth.

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