Cinderella’s slipper was not made of glass

This is an interesting bit of trivia which I remember from my study of Ancient French at university. If you ever wondered how someone could have worn a shoe made of glass, well, the truth is, the shoe was made of fur.

An Ancient French word for fur was “vair” (variegated fur) which sounds the same as “verre” meaning glass. It makes more sense that Cinderella would wear a fur slipper than a glass slipper, wouldn’t it? But as the centuries went by the original description was replaced and the wrong description has been adopted.

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2 thoughts on “Cinderella’s slipper was not made of glass

  1. Great to see you back on the air!!
    Further trivia: “vair” seems to have died in French but survives in English-in the Oxford, at least.
    “Pity the poor squirrels”

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