Now given that tax is a serious matter, I couldn’t really include this in a Monday smiles post, but this selection of taxes from Wordnik is both interesting from a lexical point of view (I certainly hadn’t heard of “pannage”, “piccage”, or “scutage” before!), and also quite fun (a *beard* tax?!).
- A beard tax
- A chimney tax
- The sheriff-tooth tax
- A tax on candles
You can find more taxes as well as definitions and histories on the Wordnik blog here.