The Bloomsburys and the Bloomsberries
Photo: courtesy of Pixabay (CCO Public Domain)
This post is for Brenda who has asked about my practice of referring to the Bloomsbury Group as the ‘Bloomsberries’, and for anyone else who is curious. I have had members of my family asking the same question. Strictly speaking they were the Bloomsbury Group and informally, I reckon, the Bloomsburys. However, that just doesn’t look right as a plural so I thought Bloomsberries looked better. I also thought, naively, that it was my invention.
Well it isn’t my invention and I do see it used on Virginia Woolf sites like this one here: Bloomsberries, which states that:
the ‘Bloomsberries’ as they were called, were mostly privileged and well-educated members of the upper middle class.
I also like the word a great deal; it sounds very different to ‘Bloomsbury’… more rounded, with a change of syllable emphasis from the bloom to the berry. Visually it conjures up images of ….. blooms and berries no less.
Like Brenda, I love words and I think this is a delicious word.