Cap that fits

22nd November 1996 at 00:00
Jenny Mitchell rewrites history to justify her own views when she complains about your use of "handicap" (TES, November 8). "Handicap" has nothing to do with begging after the Napoleonic wars. Its origins are much older, being from "hand in cap", a 17th-century game of chance.

MICHAEL WASLEY Michael Wasley Associates 60 West Common Gardens Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

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