I thought I'd start something fun on my blog for Fridays, since I never seem to have a TGIFF to post (ok, not true, but I never have enough!)
So, when I have a chance I'll post some interesting facts about sewing, quilting, crafting, etc., on Fridays.
Here's the interesting fact for today:
It's about the origin of the word "chintzy".
The word 'chintzy' first appears in 1851(1), and is defined now as "stingy".
Chintz, a cloth imported to Europe from India in the 1800's, was extremely expensive. It was often incorporated in quilts and clothing, but due to its cost, for most of the middle class, sparingly - thus, the term 'chintzy' was born... (1,2)
(2) Extracted January 15, 2013. Wikipedia: "chintz". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chintzy