18 OCTOBER 1946, Page 13

Sauce Alone A local name, quite unknown to me, has

lately been reported to me ; and it would be interesting to know where, if anywhere, it is still current. " Sauce Alone" is the charming name and it was used, I believe, of the wild mustard or hedge mustard. Anne Pratt, a most thorough collector of local names, does not record it. These rural names are so racy that none ought to be allowed to vanish. Regarding English preference for " shooks " rather than stooks—a word that seems to be making headway—a Wiltshire correspondent says that the favourite word in his neighbourhood is Hiles or to Hile.