Etymology Of The Word Bushel

Posted by Charles Edge on August 15th, 2014

Some fun facts about the etymology of the word bushel:

  • A bushel is a unit of measurement.
  • A bushel is equal to 64 pints or 35.2 liters when whatever you’re measuring is dry or 8 gallons/36.4 liters when it’s mixed dry goods/liquids.
  • Bushel is Gaulish, with roots in the old French word of boissel.
  • In Danish, bushel translates to skæppe or in Dutch it’s schepel but in Catalan it’s just bushel. There’s no Mongolian translation for bushel though.
  • The estimated output of the Iowa corn fields is 2.44 billion bushels of corn in 2014.
  • The word bushel often refers to the container that holds a bushel of goods.
  • A bushel can also mean a large amount of something, such as a bushel of happy customers.
  • When used as a verb, bushel can mean to alter or repair.
  • Bushelful is a derivative of bushel.
  • The iron lining in the nave of a wheel has been referred to as a bushel.
  • 4 pecks make a bushel, but two pecks make a kenning.
  • The US bushel and peck are different than imperials bushels and pecks.
  • According to the Winchester measure, a bushel is the volume of a 18.5 inch by 8 inch cylinder and is therefore like many programmers somewhat irrational.
  • Bushel is an obsolete word for a bowl, giving meaning to the phrase “to hide one’s light under a bushel.”
  • There is a farm in Owatonna, Minnesota called Bushel Boy, that has really, really good tomatoes. There is no relationship between their tomatoes and this site other than the fact that we too live in Minnesota and found this while searching the Internets for the word bushel.
  • Like our tool, the word bushel is used more today than in the year 2000. Unlike our tool, the word is used much less than in 1800: