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  • Also, just for fun, see grape riffles.

    January 26, 2011

  • "Employed in Repairing the Redoubts & Erecting Battries now within reach of the Enemies Grape Riffles grapeshot'>cannons firing grapeshot and wall artillery Pieces."
    —Anonymous Letter, “Siege of York & Gloucester Virginia,” September 14–October 17, 1781. Housed in the John D. Rockefeller Library, Williamsburg, Virginia.

    I really would prefer if grape riffles meant a kind of flavored icing used on fufluns.

    January 26, 2011

  • *tenting fingers* Mwahahahaha...

    January 19, 2011

  • You might try checking out this site for a definition.

    January 19, 2011

  • See Old New York.

    January 17, 2011

  • milos... Mister Adams, leave me a-LOOOOOOOONE!!

    January 17, 2011

  • If you can't believe it isn't listed, can you believe there's a perfect list for it?

    January 11, 2011

  • That's what I always say.

    January 11, 2011

  • It's hard not to love a dancing bear.

    January 11, 2011

  • Not me, pterodactyl, though I have heard caterwauling used to describe pipes too. :)

    January 11, 2011

  • But now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople.

    January 11, 2011

  • Why'd they change it?

    January 11, 2011

  • So, if you have a date in Constantinople...?

    January 11, 2011

  • How should I know? On the old Wordie there was a glitch that if you had dupe words on a list and deleted one, it would delete both. So I don't bother with duplicates anymore.

    January 5, 2011

  • Citrul'? (short for citrulo? I don't know if I spelled that right.) Also holy rollers.

    January 5, 2011

  • Seen here.

    January 5, 2011

  • Yarb's definition can be found in the comments on this list.

    January 5, 2011

  • Also, I think that whole concept came up on the Aubrey/Maturin list, which (if you think THIS is a black hole) I recommend not delving too deeply or greedily, because a balrog may come up.

    January 4, 2011

  • Ah. I was operating on the older definition of smallclothes, meaning anything worn under the outer garments, which would include (for example) a woman's shift and a man's long shirt (long enough that the shirttails covered the crotchal area and almost down to the knees). I know from my very brief days wearing re-enactor clothes (don't ask) that "smallclothes" meant (means?) the whites that go under one's regimental coat, so obviously that could include the close-fitting knee breeches aforesaid.

    January 4, 2011

  • Well, no, because I still haven't found out WTF it is.

    January 4, 2011

  • Not all smallclothes are worn below the belt, however.

    January 4, 2011

  • (Holy shit. Four years ago??)

    January 4, 2011

  • A fossil bivalve shell of the genus Caprinella (OED).

    January 4, 2011

  • Also misspelled (by me---thank you very much, I'll be here all week) as icthyoacanthotoxism.

    January 4, 2011

  • The difference between ichthyoacanthotoxism, which I misspelled when adding it to my list, and ichthyosarcotoxism is that the former is poisoning resulting from the bite or sting of a fish, while the latter is poisoning resulting from eating a toxic fish.

    January 4, 2011

  • When I have clothes to wash, I do laundry. I don't think I ever say "launder" as a verb, unless I'm referring to someone's ability or tendency to run illegal funds through a legitimate business.

    My understanding is western PA-Ohio folks also say warsh. I know this because someone I work with is from that area and in my job we frequently refer to George Warshington. *nerves grating*

    January 4, 2011

  • Oh, I already have a couple lists about the crotchal area.

    Wait... that's not what you meant.

    January 4, 2011

  • We have been enjoying "The Wire" on DVD. I love that it's such a great show and that it's set in Baltimore--which doesn't get enough attention. The other night was an episode where the gang of cops was all eating crabs at a particularly famous crab restaurant (which I know only from an episode of "No Reservations").

    Sorry if this seems completely out of the blue--your comment about Baltimore on another page reminded me of your geographic-ness. :)

    On further thought, it is depressing how much of my knowledge comes from TV. *sigh*

    January 4, 2011

  • This is brilliant. I wonder how many other elegantly simple solutions are out there that could improve countless people's lives.

    January 4, 2011

  • gaiters? spatterdashes? or their shortened version, spats? legwarmers?

    Of course all these don't involve what a TSA official recently called "the crotchal area," so I could see if they don't fit those made-up rules in your head.

    January 3, 2011

  • I suppose it's somewhat better (though probably as ineffective) as squirting mercury up one's penis (the old treatment for syphilis).

    January 3, 2011

  • This is incredibly useful.

    January 3, 2011

  • ... eeeeeeeeyeeeeeeeww ...

    January 3, 2011

  • Interesting comment about coffee beans on salutiferous.

    January 3, 2011

  • Interesting comment can be found on salutiferous.

    January 3, 2011

  • Re: the coffee bean: "As for this salutiferous berry, of so general a use through all the regions of the east, it is sufficiently known, when prepared, to be moderately hot, and of a very drying attenuating and cleansing quality; whence reason infers, that its decoction must contain many good physical properties, and cannot but be an incomparable remedy to dissolve crudities, comfort the brain, and dry up ill humors in the stomach."
    Coffee-Houses Vindicated, 1675, seen here.

    January 3, 2011

  • Hee! See of Orient are. (It's on another list--one I completely forgot about!)

    December 16, 2010

  • When I went to the liquor store* in Boston, I couldn't believe the wide variety of beverages. I was Pakistunned.

    *See packie.

    December 16, 2010

  • *(hacking cough)*

    December 16, 2010

  • Yes. Yes, we do.

    December 16, 2010

  • I disagree, rolig. "To daze or render senseless" certainly can apply to the level of complexity in Afghanistan/Pakistan, without there necessarily being a blow to one's head about it. I think the result is similar to the result of a blow to one's head--in the same way people say "I can't think about that right now--it gives me a headache." They don't mean it *literally* hurts their head, but that its complexity is... well... stunning.

    Also, as I read definition 2, I think it really only applies/is commonly used in reference to a person's attractiveness, and actually relates to definition 1 in the sense that the person is SO attractive, their beauty SO amazing, that it's as if one is stunned (rendered senseless) to look at them.

    I agree the journalist could have found a better term, but this one's rather more neutral than others that could apply here, and given the political undertones of the Af/Pak situation and the fact that the article was about Holbrooke--not the situation itself--the relative neutrality of the term was probably a good thing.

    P.S. nice to see these kinds of conversations--and have time to read them. :)

    December 16, 2010

  • Seen in this New York Times article.

    December 16, 2010

  • Wow. A word to describe how I've been feeling lately.

    December 15, 2010

  • Nothing can stop me!! Grrrr!!

    December 15, 2010

  • Here's my underwear.

    November 26, 2010

  • salee rover. I seem to have lost the ability to add to this list. :-(

    November 19, 2010

  • Aaaaagh!

    November 19, 2010

  • (psst... is it Rembrandt?)

    November 19, 2010

  • ... or when they're swooping your head in spring. The fuckers.

    November 19, 2010

  • It sounds like this: blrbth thrbl? Nmi-nmi-nm.

    November 19, 2010

  • Cole slaw!!

    November 18, 2010

  • You know, ████████ is probably the single best comment I've seen on Wordie.

    November 17, 2010

  • I want a picture.

    November 16, 2010

  • Also seen in this nifty article.

    November 16, 2010

  • I never tried it. My lactation consultant told me that in her experience working with nursing moms over the years, it hasn't usually resulted in gaining more than around an ounce a day--and while that sounds like a lot, if you're struggling to produce enough milk for your baby, there are other methods that seem to work better for more people. Of course, some women swear by it, so... *shrug*

    November 16, 2010

  • "Were you looking for H.I. there?"

    (Is this feature the Wordnik.com version of WeirdNet?)

    November 16, 2010

  • Hork if you like. It is also used as an herbal supplement by women who need to increase their milk supply.

    November 12, 2010

  • Excellent point, leather-ears. Very cogently put.

    November 12, 2010

  • Maybe it has to do with the "finishing" sound of each word, e.g. "fly" is going to have a long-I sound no matter what follows it, because it's the end of that word. "Ice" wouldn't, because it's the S-sound that finishes that word.

    I bet qroqqa has something better.

    November 9, 2010

  • Now declared eradicated, according to this article in the NY Times.

    November 9, 2010

  • Okay, really it should be cape horn voice.

    November 9, 2010

  • ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, banana-birrrrrd...

    November 9, 2010

  • I have only ever seen this word in a modern cookbook featuring medieval recipes, that says "Ask your butcher to chine the joint." "WTF," I thought—first off it's assuming I even have a butcher—and didn't do anything of the kind.

    Recipes are more like guidelines anyway.

    November 9, 2010

  • Teh alsome, John. Thanks.

    November 9, 2010

  • qroqqa (as always) put it better than I could, but I concur: where you mentally place the S-sound has an effect on the preceding vowel.

    I think I may have posted a similar conundrum re: "writer" vs. "rider" (for Americans who don't pronounce the T as a T but more like a D). But I can't remember where (and it isn't on either writer or rider).

    November 8, 2010

  • Interestingly, and most people don't know this, the Nazi government insisted that the Zeppelin company put a swastika on the tail fin. The company put it only on one side of the ship. IIRC, when the ship was ordered to fly over the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the pilot flew in a circle over the gathering as ordered, but turned the ship in such a way that the swastikas were not displayed to the crowd. I honestly can't remember where I read that, but I think it was in the book The Great Dirigibles by John Toland. (Excellent book, BTW.)

    P.S. Cool pics of the ship and a short clip of it flying over NYC can be found here.

    November 5, 2010

  • The ship (and the person) are actually spelled Hindenburg.

    November 5, 2010

  • :-)

    November 3, 2010

  • Rolig, I agree with the capping, and I've had the same difficulty. I see a couple of "old" Wordizens on Facebook but it's not the same.

    November 3, 2010

  • Is it just me, or is the option/pulldown menu to add a word to your lists not appearing on word pages right now?

    Edit: Nevermind. It's me.

    November 3, 2010

  • Rolig. How I've missed you. *yoinks word*
    (note: it's also listed under its non-capitalized version, hottentottenpotentatentantenattentat)

    November 3, 2010

  • That's an amazing accomplishment--to have one's hiccups charged with murder. How do I do that?

    November 3, 2010

  • I should not have clicked on this page.

    November 3, 2010

  • I'm going to tell a political joke now, so if you don't like those, cover your eyes.

    Q: What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

    A: One is a gigantic Nazi gasbag, and the other is an airship.

    November 2, 2010

  • Dude!! I found a Diet of Worms joke!!! My people... :)

    November 2, 2010

  • This describes my twenty-pound dog. See the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood of trick-or-treaters.

    November 2, 2010

  • My dog is so eaty!!

    November 2, 2010

  • Keyboard plaque sounds like exactly what it is.

    November 2, 2010

  • Can see a clip here. I remember this show.

    October 27, 2010

  • Seen on this Wordnik page.

    October 27, 2010

  • LOL Tapirs. I kid you not. (Note: Not surprisingly, they are unfunny.)

    October 27, 2010

  • Yeah? Do you get your lovin' in the evenin' time?

    October 27, 2010

  • "Send your picturrrres... to dear old Captain Noaaaaaaaah...
    Send todaaaaaaaay, send riiiiight awaaaaaaaaay..." (Very bad recording here.) Totally SFW.

    October 27, 2010

  • Truly, it's more correctly spelled Cap'n Crunch. But that's stupid, so we should let it slide. :)

    October 27, 2010

  • Wow. Well... I'm just glad he didn't eat the seasoning packet--that would have made him horribly sick. Though, admittedly, if I were a dog, I'd probably just eat the plain noodles, too.

    October 27, 2010

  • I was going to, but can't. That doesn't mean that I don't know about a dozen people who *are* going. Post pictures!

    October 27, 2010

  • Really? That's the one that got you?

    October 27, 2010

  • A.K.A. a bunch of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joys, and Milk Duds.

    October 26, 2010

  • This whole conversation is extremely off-putting.

    October 26, 2010

  • Okay, I know what this word means according to dictionaries, but when a mother says it of her young, rambunctious boys (for example), that's certainly NOT the meaning she's ascribing.

    I'm looking for a synonym in the phrase "the poor buggers," that doesn't use the original word I was thinking of ("bastards") and does not sound British ("sods"). Any suggestions?

    I also found this interesting conversation.

    October 25, 2010

  • I like the usage on the front page: "as big as a seventy-four's poop-lantern."

    October 25, 2010

  • Probably the better place to post the comment would be on the Ronald Reagan page, but thanks! I think it's posted there now. That way future Wordnikkers will find it. :)

    October 21, 2010

  • don't you is definitely one for me too. can't get no and I try are ones I find particularly annoying.

    There are also a ton of Stan Freberg-related ones for me. Really? is one. Sit down is another.

    Does anyone remember Schoolhouse Rock? Carefully?

    October 21, 2010

  • ... still, I would hope that all violins are boneless and skinless. *worried*

    October 15, 2010

  • Singular is Stolperstein. More info here.

    October 15, 2010

  • I just learned about Stolperstein (plural Stolpersteine) today. Fascinating. More info here.

    October 15, 2010

  • It isn't just the media.

    October 14, 2010

  • Interesting headline here.

    October 13, 2010

  • At this point, I decide I love this page, only instead of "love," I type <3 and then ask someone how to make that little heart symbol.

    October 13, 2010

  • I know this from Star Trek.

    October 13, 2010

  • No, cuz he's a wanker.

    October 13, 2010

  • Whereupon I chime in, late as usual, with something completely unrelated based on personal experience, and loaded with qualifiers so as to avoid possibly maybe someday offending someone who might read this comment, though it will (usually) kill the thread.

    October 12, 2010

  • Wanker.

    October 12, 2010

  • ... That's about right.

    October 11, 2010

  • That's spectacular. Look how fatty North Dakota and Colorado are! And Texas is nicely marbled...

    We used to play a game whenever my mom (or I) made beef cutlets for dinner. I taught Spawn the rule that one could eat one only after identifying a state or nation that its outline resembled.

    We actually still play this game.

    October 11, 2010

  • Cool! LOTD! Thanks for the hat-tip! :)

    October 9, 2010

  • ... actually I rather like that confession. It seems a fine punctuation.

    October 9, 2010

  • "In the libretto of J.S. Bach's 'Coffee Cantata' (1732) a young bourgeois German woman threatens her father:
    No lover shall woo me
    Unless I have his pledge
    Written in the marriage settlement,
    That he will allow me
    To drink coffee when I please."
    —Antony Wild, Coffee: A Dark History (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), 146

    October 9, 2010

  • Usage can be found on furfurylthiol.

    October 9, 2010

  • Usage can be found on furfurylthiol.

    October 9, 2010

  • Usage can be found on furfurylthiol.

    October 9, 2010

  • Usage can be found on furfurylthiol.

    October 9, 2010

  • "Over eight hundred different chemical ingredients have been identified inside the coffee bean, glorying in such names as furfurylthiol, furfuraldehyde, oxazole, and ethylfuraneol. Another, trimthylamin, exists in minute quantities: it is also found in putrefying fish. Like perfume, coffee uses the most outré of ingredients to work its wonders."
    —Antony Wild, Coffee: A Dark History (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), 193

    October 9, 2010

  • "During roasting, a series of complex chemical reactions take place that develop the characteristic coffee aroma and flavour. ... The most important change takes place when the interior of the bean becomes hot; by a process known as pyrolosis, the carbohydrates and fat form new molecules, generally known as oils. These contain all the flavour and aroma we associate with coffee...."
    —Antony Wild, Coffee: A Dark History (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), 193

    October 9, 2010

  • I learned it from a Civil War journal called The Rebel Yell and the Yankee Hurrah. The gentleman (who was from Maine, if I recall) mentioned that on the march the new recruits had been offered refreshments by locals, and some were "city boys" and didn't know that eating the lights (lungs) of a cow wasn't going to be very satisfying.

    October 7, 2010

  • see pappardelle.

    October 7, 2010

  • See also slavocracy.

    October 6, 2010

  • Also spelled slaveocracy.

    October 6, 2010

  • Awesome, Marcela!

    You might want to pillage from this list too, if it's helpful.

    October 6, 2010

  • I do this all the time. Thanks for listing, frindley.

    October 6, 2010

  • Nonsense. That's the essence of Wordnik. :) It's just less obvious to stalkers than it would be on Facebook.

    October 6, 2010

  • Odd. I rather like eel when it's NOT jellied. Then it's most definitely not like eating brains.

    Not that I would know, or anything.

    October 6, 2010

  • Asativum, what about protective headgear?! Didn't it fight back?!

    October 6, 2010

  • accidentally invented here. Sorry.

    October 6, 2010

  • I believe the lights are generally the lungs. Which kind of makes sense... if one has the lights (lungs) scared out of one, one can't breathe.

    But I agree the consciousness/eyeballs angle works better.

    And I almost typed "iballs." What a stupid word.

    October 6, 2010

  • Ohhh... good one. Disgusting but satisfying once it's done. I love the gluggy noise of the water actually going DOWN the drain, which is a great sound after you haven't heard it for a while.

    Hair catchers work great, but sometimes it takes a while to find an effective one.

    October 5, 2010

  • Very well then. Thanks!

    September 28, 2010

  • fbharjo, isn't it either Algonkian or Algonquin?

    September 28, 2010

  • ...eeew...

    September 16, 2010

  • ... Could it be any more specific?

    September 16, 2010

  • Lovely! Thanks for sharing. That pretty much nails this list, doesn't it? :)

    September 9, 2010

  • I have decided what this word means. When someone is so adorable that they are beyond able-to-be-adored, and the adoration is actually mandatory, person is said to be adoratory.

    September 5, 2010

  • P.S. I got rather a load of guff for those tags, by the way.

    September 5, 2010

  • Interestingly (not), I made a comment on my profile, then went to edit it, and (three times) got the "Oops, we screwed up, please reload" note--which by the way is so small and unobtrusive as to be nearly invisible--and never was able to edit said comment. :(

    September 5, 2010

  • Uhh... that's right...
    *suspicious*
    Are you stalking me?

    September 5, 2010

  • See bilboquet.

    September 2, 2010

  • We always said "chuck a u-ie" (east coast USA). But then, we were strange people.

    August 28, 2010

  • I believe that it's someone who prays very frequently--an *excessively* pious person (or someone who's ostentatious about their prayer), rather than simply someone who prays. At least, that's what its original meaning was. (19th century?)

    August 26, 2010

  • Overheard in a meeting today: "'Click on' can't be thesaurused."

    August 26, 2010

  • also cytomegalovirus.

    August 18, 2010

  • OED has wronger but not wrongest. But it does have wrong-foot: "2. fig. To disconcert by an unexpected move; to catch unprepared."

    August 13, 2010

  • Now, now. Prolagus loves those!

    August 13, 2010

  • Errrrrrb!

    By the way, speaking of "h," "an historian" drives me batshit. It's "a historian."

    Errrrrrb!

    August 9, 2010

  • I really wanted to buy the thing, but each volume is about $120. Check your local library!

    August 5, 2010

  • You know what I miss? The "search all of Wordie" feature that used to bring up comments, tags, etc. as well as the actual word page. I guess it's not possible here on Wordnik but sometimes I do miss it.

    August 4, 2010

  • *wonders if that sentence has ever been uttered before in the history of the world*

    August 4, 2010

  • For future reference... here.

    August 4, 2010

  • If there are more Ocracoke terms on Wordnik, it'd be great if they were tagged as such. :) Having just visited the place for the first time, I'm fascinated by it and its people.

    P.S. Long have I praised the work of abraxas and longed for his return. :(

    August 4, 2010

  • Hey, I didn't know it was chiefly southern.

    August 4, 2010

  • Subtle, but never gets old.

    Dad: "Do you know Smith?"
    Me: "What's his name?"
    Dad: "Who?"
    Me: "Smith."
    Dad: "No, I don't know him."

    August 4, 2010

  • It works with other things too. Like interrupting cheese.

    August 4, 2010

  • If you haven't visited their website yet, I hope you will.

    August 4, 2010

  • This word, to me at least, is disconcerting in its vague seaminess.

    August 4, 2010

  • I am two years behind adoarns. Just read this etymology today in Newsweek, in an article by Joan Huston Hall. Who, by the way, ought to be a wordnikker if she isn't already. :)

    August 4, 2010

  • My favorite was a friend of mine's; she used to say, "So the Chinese guy jumps out of the closet and yells, 'Supplies!'"

    August 2, 2010

  • reesetee, your abhorrence for perfectly innocent root vegetables is beyond unreasonable. Umbrage! Umbrage, I say! Harrumph!

    June 25, 2010

  • This is the sound chickens make. Yes it is.

    Yes it is.

    Yes it is.

    (see coccodè.)

    June 24, 2010

  • Like circus peanuts?
    *gags*

    June 24, 2010

  • One... Barrrdolph.

    June 22, 2010

  • ... no, you're right. It has never been. (More's the pity. I wanna know what that would look like.)

    June 18, 2010

  • oops, sorry I posted on the wrong page.

    June 18, 2010

  • Iron-deficiency anemia associated with puberty.

    June 18, 2010

  • Wild parsley or wild celery, formerly used medicinally.

    June 18, 2010

  • "Hannah Griffitts supported the early protests but balked at war. As a loyalist, she lambasted Tom Paine and defended tory womanhood against his aspersions:

    Of female Manners never scribble,
    Nor with thy Rudeness wound our Ear,
    Howe'er thy trimming Pen may quibble,
    The Delicate—is not thy Sphere.

    —Susan E. Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760–1820 (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2009), 92

    June 18, 2010

  • James Kirke Paulding told Morris Smith Miller that when he was in Washington, he would 'have some potential bouts at the mint juleps' and that he would share 'a secret by which you may get safely home after drinking six bottles. It is by just putting your feet on the edge of the table, by which means the wine is prevented from descending into the legs, thereby making them as drunk as nine pins. I have tried this method several times and do assure you, that ... you may drink up to the chin and afterwards walk home as steady as a church steeple.'
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 133

    June 18, 2010

  • The earliest concerns about alcohol in America arose in the medical community in the 1740s. Physicians, particularly Philadelphian Benjamin Rush, noted a new disease then called the West Indies dry gripes. Unbeknownst to Rush, the disease was actually lead poisoning that resulted from the use of lead in the stills that West Indies distillers used to create their rum.
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 123

    June 18, 2010

  • William Roberts advertised in the Maryland Gazette in 1745 that his servant, John Powell, had not in fact run away, but had 'only gone into the country a cider drinking' and was again prepared to repair watches and clocks.
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 122

    June 18, 2010

  • Camp followers were the wives, children, and prostitutes who followed and supplied the army to make money, assist their husbands, and support the revolution. These women washed, sewed, cooked, and brewed for the troops and nursed them when they were sick and injured. Women had long played a valuable role in provisioning the English and colonial armies and were proud of their work. For example, Martha May stressed her commitment to the army when she wrote to Henry Bouquet in 1758, 'I have been a wife 22 years to have traveled with my husband every place or country the company marched to and have worked very hard ever since I was in the army.' When Mary Cockron applied for a pension in 1837 for her own and her husband's service to the Continental Army, she stated that she 'drew her rations as other soldiers did.'
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 112

    June 18, 2010

  • Hi y'all. I'm typing in a comment in nested quotation marks (as is my wont), and it comes up without the opening and closing marks (whether they are single or double), and moreover will not let me copy/paste the citation from another entry (as is also my wont). See the poorly-formatted and uncited comment on carouse for visible evidence of my woes.

    June 18, 2010

  • "I felt very unwell, this whole day," soldiers frequently noted in their journals, "from last night's carouse."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 111

    June 18, 2010

  • I love that thing. I like visiting my profile to see it. :)

    June 18, 2010

  • *disappears into self*

    June 18, 2010

  • If I were a bear... oh wait.

    I am rather fabulans, if I do say so.

    June 18, 2010

  • Its chief weapon is surprise.

    June 16, 2010

  • Rats. I was hoping this was some kind of dinosaur for my plethora of dinosaur-themed lists.

    Is it hateful because it's the kind that went around swarming and eating farmers' crops in the 1800s?

    June 16, 2010

  • Listen. I don't know where you come from or what you drink normally, reesetee, but if you think something called "cock ale" would taste better with something other than rooster in it, I don't want to drink with you.

    June 16, 2010

  • But only the carob-flavored ones.

    June 16, 2010

  • Mphhmmm?*

    *Sorry, I'm eating some popcorn from Chicago and can't hear you over the crunching. What's this about peeling eyeballs? That weirds me out.

    June 16, 2010

  • Usage (and other alcoholic drink names) on perry.

    June 16, 2010

  • Yes, actually there's a comment about this on cock ale. That capital-letters thing is really crimping my game.

    June 16, 2010

  • Those Merriam bastards...

    June 16, 2010

  • my boobs aren't perky in Slovenian: moje joške niso vesele.

    *pointedly ignoring Prolagus's question* ;)

    June 16, 2010

  • ...With purple mountains majesty above the two cents plain!!
    —Stan Freberg

    June 16, 2010

  • Those American Heritage Dictionary bastards...

    June 15, 2010

  • ... Isabella of Australia? Or Austria?

    June 14, 2010

  • See De Quervain's tenosynovitis. Also called washerwoman's sprain.

    June 13, 2010

  • See De Quervain's tenosynovitis. Also called mother's wrist.

    June 13, 2010

  • A different condition, but found when looking up De Quervain's tenosynovitis.

    June 13, 2010

  • See De Quervain's tenosynovitis.

    June 13, 2010

  • Found here. Though I think the "D" in de should not be capped. My bad.

    June 13, 2010

  • I just visited my profile for the first time in ages. Thank you so much, happy frog! :)

    June 13, 2010

  • Seen here, in an article about the oldest leather shoe ever found. (Thanks Prolagus.)

    June 11, 2010

  • Time itself is a battle, plethora. Some days, surviving with your sanity intact is enough of a fight. :)

    June 9, 2010

  • AWWWWW!!

    June 9, 2010

  • I consider stretch marks, and indications of "working boobs" to be my battle scars. I don't want to die well-preserved and perfect-looking. I earned my silver hairs and my stretch marks and my awesome working boobs. :)

    Electricblue, I'm sure you didn't expect this kind of response... :) Best wishes.

    June 9, 2010

  • "Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century cider presses like John Worlidge's 'ingenio for the grinding of apples' had been expensive and hard to obtain."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 108

    June 9, 2010

  • "... another author recommended that brewers purchase 'blind thermometers' in which the scale could be hidden in the brewer's or distiller's pocket so that his workers would not learn his methods and be able to found businesses of their own."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 102–103

    June 9, 2010

  • "In case any men continued to leave alcohol production to women, the new experts assured them that they were wrong. Morrice warned that 'when a butt wants fining down, many appoint a servant girl to perform that office by whom the bungs are left out, and many other acts committed, which all tend to discredit the brewer, although he does not deserve it."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 98

    I'm not sure any young servant girl ought properly to know how to fine down a butt.

    June 9, 2010

  • "Since he would show 'the manner of using the thermometer and saccharometer' 'rendered easy to any capacity,' he established himself as master of the mystery."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 97

    June 9, 2010

  • "Ball instructed his nephew to build 'a strong crotcy fence] around the trees 'to keep cattle, and horses, from tearing and barking' and killing the orchard trees."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 53

    June 9, 2010

  • Usage on scantling.

    June 9, 2010

  • "He sold cords of wood, timber trees, and products from his cooperage, including planking, lathing, clapboards, scantling, siding, heading, fence rails, fence posts, framing, and coffins."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 47

    June 9, 2010

  • "Most symbolically, Bray owned a money scale and steelyard, or balance beam scale, to weigh and balance accounts. Just as a ring of keys and a pocket were the signs of the housewife's labor in dispensing foodstuffs from cupboards, so the money scale and steelyards were the symbol of the planter-merchant who weighed coins and crops."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 45

    June 9, 2010

  • Usage on medlar.

    June 9, 2010

  • "In 1736, an English traveler in the Chesapeake recorded that 'we gathered a fruit, in our route, called a parsimon sic, of a very delicious taste, not unlike a medlar, tho' somewhat larger: I take it to be a very cooling fruit, and the settlers make use of prodigious quantities to sweeten a beer ... which is vastly wholesome.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 38

    June 9, 2010

  • "Doctors began prescribing cider to sailors in the late seventeenth century because of its supposed antiscorbutic properties."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 31

    June 9, 2010

  • "...Men and women both drank at the popular outdoor meal called a barbeque, 'an entertainment' that, as one traveler describes, 'generally ends in intoxication.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 18

    June 9, 2010

  • "Mustering men mixed some of their brandy charcoal, saltpetre, sulfur, cobine nitre, and brandy to make gunpowder."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 17

    June 9, 2010

  • "The legislature required white men to drill with a militia in case of Indian attacks, and the resulting militia days offered another chance to imbibe.... Alcoholic beverages were such an intrinsic part of the militia muster that boys playing 'militia' ended their games with rounds of drinks."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 16

    June 9, 2010

  • "'We had several sorts of liquors, namely Virginia red wine and white wine, Irish usquebaugh, brandy, shrub, two sorts of rum, champagne, canary, cherry punch, cider.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 15

    June 9, 2010

  • "Landon Carter had better luck when he gave his cow 'with the blind staggers' three doses of warm beer with rattlesnake root, after which the cow 'got pretty well and feeds about as usual.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 15

    June 9, 2010

  • A fine quotation on kibe-heel.

    June 9, 2010

  • "Rum, wrote traveler Edward Ward, was 'adored by the American English... 'tis held as the comforter of their souls, the preserver of their bodies, the remover of their cares, and promoter of their mirth; and is a sovereign remedy against the grumbling of guts, a kibe-heel chilblain or a wounded conscience, which are three epidemical distempers that afflict the country.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 14

    June 9, 2010

  • Usage on salt tartar.

    June 9, 2010

  • "Planter Landon Carter treated both his daughter and his slaves with alcoholic concoctions. When his daughter, Judy, was sick in 1757, Carter treated her with a 'weak julep of rum with salt tartar and pulvis castor.'"
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 14

    June 9, 2010

  • And of course it grows in Virginia, where Jamestown is located. :)

    June 7, 2010

  • "Even colonists with access to milk often avoided it because of fears of 'milk sickness' caused by consuming the milk of cows that had grazed on wild jimson weed."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 12

    June 7, 2010

  • "Rum or arrack, an alcohol distilled from the fermented sap of palm trees, was mixed with sugar, citrus juice, water, and spices to make punch."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 7, 2010

  • "Persico was a cordial flavored with the crushed kernels of peaches, apricots, or nectarines."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 7, 2010

  • "Red hippocras was made of claret, brandy, sugar, spices, almonds, and new milk."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 7, 2010

  • Usage on perry.

    June 7, 2010

  • Usage on perry, where it says it was brewed from pears, and also:
    "William Cabell's Amherst County, Virginia plantation fermented 3,000 gallons of cider and fifty hogsheads (at least 2,400 gallons) of peach mobby annually."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 50

    June 6, 2010

  • "The English brewed perry or mobby from pears, and mead and methelin from fermented honey. Aquavit was a distilled ale, like a whiskey, based on fermented grain. Mum was brewed from wheat; juniper ale was flavored with juniper berries, bay leaves, coriander, and caraway seeds. Buttered ale was ale flavored with cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Cock ale was a mixture of ale and wine, steeped with raisins, cloves, and its namesake, a cooked rooster."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 11

    June 6, 2010

  • Usage on alembic.

    Also,
    "The introduction of the Hewes (sometimes spelled Hughes) crab apple to the region in the mid-eighteenth century allowed planters to produce a sweeter, slightly cinnamon-tasting cider that lasted longer."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 108

    June 6, 2010

  • See Hewes crab apple.

    June 6, 2010

  • "Small-planter households resented their dependence on large-planter households. Although the Chesapeake continued to lag behind Europe, the arrival during the second half of the eighteenth century of the three-gallon alembic still, a series of improved cider presses, the newly developed Hewes crab apple, and other technologies allowed small-planter households to become more self-sufficient. They developed alcohol trade networks with kin and people of their own kind."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 4

    Also,
    "The invention of the alembic still, or side distilling, in particular, made the process easier. Side distilling became known in England around 1720, but it was not practiced in the Chesapeake until the 1760s. Before the invention of side distilling, stills were very large and expensive pieces of equipment, and distilling was a complex process...." (103)

    June 6, 2010

  • my boobs aren't perky in Icelandic: bobbingar mín eru ekki perky

    June 4, 2010

  • Three cheers for freedom of speech for eighteenth-century French encyclopedic smut! The "18th" volume of Diderot's Encyclopedié is the "censored" stuff. NOW ONLINE!! WOOOOOO!!!

    June 4, 2010

  • my boobs aren't perky in Hebrew: הציצים שלי הם לא עליז

    June 4, 2010

  • Ahh, f#$% them. :) That's what Wordnik is for. Well... that's what Wordie was for, anyhow.

    June 3, 2010

  • Thanks for the pile of stuff you added. I love when I stop by and the front page is riddled with hernesheir-isms. :) So much fun to read!

    June 2, 2010

  • What an unfortunate website: tappening.com. (Should we tell them?)

    June 1, 2010

  • Yes.

    And No, I will not use your stupid website to keep track of the movies I've seen. Can't you see I have a perfectly good list on Wordnik?

    June 1, 2010

  • You know, this usage is on the word page. Kind of interesting:
    Then she desired her not to be sparing with the 'smegma', -- A material like soap, but used in a soft state. -- and to wash her hair as thoroughly as possible. —The Bride of the Nile — Volume 10

    May 28, 2010

  • Every time I see this I want to sing, "E-I, E-I-O!"

    May 27, 2010

  • Seen here.

    May 27, 2010

  • Also tagliulini.

    May 26, 2010

  • *yoink* Thanks bilby!

    May 26, 2010

  • Usage/citation on quadrucci.

    May 26, 2010

  • Usage/citation on quadrucci.

    May 26, 2010

  • Usage/citation on quadrucci.

    May 26, 2010

  • Citation/usage on quadrucci.

    May 26, 2010

  • Sadly, that line of Madmartigan's is all in the delivery.

    May 26, 2010

  • ... this is rather greater than the sum of its parts. Or should I say, rather more bizarre.

    May 25, 2010

  • "... Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
    And descant on mine own deformity...."
    Richard III, William Shakespeare

    May 25, 2010

  • I do. I just ran into him at the coffee maker. Hard.

    May 25, 2010

  • blahahaha!

    Yeah, sionnach. You should really try to be more, you know, clear.

    *looking for the "like" button on Eurotrash assmarmot*

    May 20, 2010

  • It ain't the size, reesetee, it's the number. Eugh.

    May 20, 2010

  • Right. So you're dissipating tension, or defusing a situation.

    May 19, 2010

  • I think it matters. If you're defusing, I'd say "the situation" should be the object--as thtownse says, as if the situation were going to explode--but if you want to do something to the tension, it seems like diffuse is the way to go. Tension doesn't really explode.

    It does, however, get thick. I mean, I guess so. People say so, anyhow.

    May 19, 2010

  • Well, welcome to Wordnik, but you're not likely to find someone to do your homework for you. :)

    May 19, 2010

  • well, the things I kept near my computer were a fife and a set of drumsticks and practice pad.

    May 19, 2010

  • Someone needs to read her that Hans Christian Andersen story where the "idiot" wins the princess and the kingdom because he spares the ants from suffering his stupid feet.

    May 19, 2010

  • I used to purposely keep my stuff right near my computer so whenever the urge struck, I'd play some sweet sweet loudness to wash away the computer blues.

    Also because hay makes me sneeze.

    May 19, 2010

  • I just can't figure out the lavender waistcoat.

    He does come with a scroll of the Emancipation Proclamation, that would probably fit in his large, beefy mitts, if I ever open the package to see.

    May 19, 2010

  • Why? Don't you like squeezing fake vultures?

    May 19, 2010

  • For voting at the end of this year, "Best Use of the Word Craudestopper 2010." (P.S. Vote for Milos.)

    May 19, 2010

  • Really? You should just play the instruments, instead of the list.
    ;)
    (insert upper-class twit laugh here)

    May 18, 2010

  • Yes, kind of like the Mandles list.

    May 18, 2010

  • This sounds really really neat.

    May 18, 2010

  • I'm *always* looking for fritos.

    I had a gerbil named Frito, or rather frito. She was very nice. Her beau was named Je Ne Sais Quoi (je ne sais quoi).

    May 18, 2010

  • regretting that I did, actually.

    May 18, 2010

  • Usage on Bosti Khel.

    May 18, 2010

  • Usage on Bosti Khel.

    May 18, 2010

  • "The brothers, members of the warlike Bosti Khel tribe (a sub-tribe of the Afridis, themselves a sub-tribe of the Pathans), had been implicated in the recent theft of some rifles from a police station."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 245

    May 18, 2010

  • "When one male hostage protested at the continuous moves one of Akbar's cohorts snarled that 'as long as there is an Afghan prisoner in India or a Feringhee foreign soldier in Afghanistan, so long will we retain you...'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 241

    May 18, 2010

  • "'As no one would fight for the ladies,' she sniffed disapprovingly, obviously referring to the men of the party, 'I determined to be yaghi rebellious myself'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 240

    May 18, 2010

  • "'Many camels were killed. On one camel were, in one kajava (pannier), Mrs Boyd and her youngest boy Hugh...'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 237

    May 18, 2010

  • Usage on poshteen.

    May 18, 2010

  • "Lady Sale noted matter-of-factly that she herself 'had fortunately only one ball in my arm; three others passed through my poshteen (fur pelisse) near the shoulder without doing me any injury'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 237

    May 18, 2010

  • I'm reminded of a grade-school classmate who, when tasked with making a poster for the church bazaar, made a delightfully artistic and well-lettered one for a local grocery store that said "Church Bizarre." I thought for sure they wouldn't use it, but they did.

    May 18, 2010

  • "Although rumblings had been apparent for some time among discontented sepoys (Indian infantrymen) and in the bazaars, few of the ruling political class or the military hierarchy suspected that a widespread uprising would ensue."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 214

    May 18, 2010

  • "Fanny Duberly received an invitation from the Rao (ruler) of Burj when she accompanied her husband's regiment on campaign through India in 1858. As the only white woman with the column, she was an object of curiosity to the locals as much as they were to her. To her delight, she was invited into the ladies' apartments to meet the ranees (the rao's wives). 'I never saw such a profusion of jewellery in my life,' she marvelled...."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 195

    May 18, 2010

  • Usage on ranee.

    May 18, 2010

  • "Mrs Ilbert, arriving in Quebec in 1807, was pleased to learn that even in winter, 'There are frequently very pleasant excursions, made by parties into the country, they are Pic Nic parties where each person takes something towards the Entertainment, they drive to some house a few miles from Quebec, carry a Fidler with them & when they have finished their repast, they rise & dance until they agree upon separating, when the curricles (carriages) are ordered & the parties jovially return to their habitations, some get overturned but no accidents are ever met with but they only fall on a bed of snow, have a roll or two, to the great amusement of the Spectators, get up, shake themselves & resume their Seats.'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 193–194

    May 18, 2010

  • "Copies of Tatler and Vogue, posted by helpful relatives at home, were presented to durzis (tailors) who would be able to produce passable imitations within a few days."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 192

    May 18, 2010

  • "Mrs Z was 'simply attired in a plain coloured gown made of a very few yards of sarcenet.'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 192

    May 18, 2010

  • "It was a time when the army was engaged in a fierce campaign against the tribesmen of Waziristan, and every fortnight a new lot of officers came down to Rawalpindi on leave with money to spend. As she admits, 'Even I got worn out, dancing and poodlefaking flirting. . . I'd wear a different evening dress every night—it was like being a debutante.'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 191

    May 18, 2010

  • "It is better to have cheap things, as they get ruined here, and not too long skirts. You want a sort of table d'hote gown for dinner, old summer gowns would do."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 188

    May 18, 2010

  • "Amid the gaiety and excitement, the dinners and fancy dress parties on board, it was almost easy to forget that they were going to a seat of war, where men had died and were still dying in their scores from cholera, enteric fever, shot and shell. Some ladies, such as Lady Agnes Paget, were married to officers at the front and could therefore escape the label of 'war tourists'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 184

    May 18, 2010

  • Most of them started as Wordie lists.

    May 14, 2010

  • *wishes the pronunciation used Wallace Shawn's voice*

    May 14, 2010

  • That, reesetee, is decidedly horkworthy. (Apologies to mollusque for using that word, but I use it advisedly.)

    May 14, 2010

  • Wow. Thanks for unearthing this classic. Yikes!

    May 14, 2010

  • Hey John? Hate to bug you again... is there some reason a lot of my comments are turning up with what looks like three hard line returns after the text? A big yawning chasm of white space that doesn't appear in the "edit" box so I can't delete it? Just wondering.

    May 14, 2010

  • Very much, yes, considering that I hate bananas.
    Spawn II (cub? Himself? whatever we're calling him) was trying a "regular" one, though.

    May 14, 2010

  • Cartoon illustration here.

    May 14, 2010

  • Cartoon illustration here.

    May 14, 2010

  • I would like to announce that I ate a red banana last night and it wasn't bad.

    I would also like to announce that I gave Spawn II a bit of banana (for the second time) and he (repeatedly) made a face and stared at me balefully as if I were poisoning him.

    May 14, 2010

  • Believe it or not... ronks. Which I first saw (today) here.

    May 13, 2010

  • Hi John, I haven't checked by adding any words yet, but I did find this wrinkle in the multiple-words-added bug: I can't delete war tourist from this list, and when I click on the word, I get a "not found" page.

    May 13, 2010

  • I just read this thread and clicked on all the links. This is all kind of iroquoisy, innit?

    May 13, 2010

  • sorry... that's me typing way too fast, as usual.

    May 12, 2010

  • We're using different browsers; maybe that's it. Hmmm. *ponders*

    May 12, 2010

  • Oh dear. Well, I lived through that decade and believe me, nothing could make me go back.

    Nothing.

    Well... maybe the toys. We had some pretty cool toys.

    May 12, 2010

  • *loves John again, some more*

    May 12, 2010

  • Similar to pablum?

    May 11, 2010

  • Not sure about that distinction, richnotwealthy. I have been adding words by hitting Enter, and just now I did so again and "war tourist" was added four times, instantly.

    FYI... Thanks for looking into it, John!

    May 11, 2010

  • "... they were going to a seat of war, where men had died and were still dying in their scores from cholera, enteric fever, shot and shell."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 184

    May 11, 2010

  • "Midge Lackie, whose early days as an army wife in Aden had prepared her for almost any surprise, was nonetheless shocked when an acquaintance, a corporal's wife, was evicted from her quarter in Minden in the 1970s. She was sent back to her parents' home in Austria because it transpired she had been holding car key parties while her husband was away."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 159

    I had no earthly clue what this was, even after asking several other people. A quick Google search reveals it's a "party" at which all the men (at this time, anyway) would throw their keys into a bowl, the women would pull a set out, and go home/have sex/roast marshmallows or something with the guy whose keys she pulled.

    ... Gross. (Everyone here knows how much I hate marshmallows.)

    May 11, 2010

  • "... he had been reduced in rank from bombardier to matross (the rank below bombardier in an artillery battery, now abolished)."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 153

    May 11, 2010

  • "Wellington's Provost Marshal became so infuriated with the women who believed that they could plunder with impunity that he once flogged more than a dozen at a time, giving them 'sax sic and thirty lashes a piece on the bare doup. And it was lang afore it was forgotten on 'em', according to a Highland soldier who witnessed the punishment."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 139

    May 11, 2010

  • "Some of these women were so paralytic with drink that they had to be hoisted on board by a teakle, a kind of crane."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 133

    May 11, 2010

  • "Bette Viner was lucky enough to be invited to visit the harem of a local Amir when she was living in Aden in the mid-1960s with her brigadier husband. ... But with very few words of common language between them conversation was difficult, and the encounter grew stilted. It was then that Mrs Viner's American friend Olga came to the rescue.

    "'She shot to her feet saying, "Gee, I reckon they like to dance." She executed a few gay little steps in the middle of a large Persian rug and fortunately they got the message almost at once. One of the women ducked under an old brass bedstead at the far end of the room and produced an old gramophone with an enormous horn, also some Arabian and Hungarian (Heaven knows how they came to be there) records. Olga jived energetically and was rewarded with a belly dance from an immensely fat servant. I was called upon to perform a short ballet sequence and a young concubine retaliated with a passage from a sinuously seductive looking tribal dance. Our British lady friend flatly refused to make a fool of herself as a solo turn but did condescend to lead a conga round the harem. Everyone joined in except the Amir's wife who remained faithful to her tea kettle, but she smiled happily on us all. The women quickly found out how it was done and shouted and laughed and turned the music up louder and louder. When it was finally time to go the Amir's wife gave us each a gourd of local honey. Our Arab driver, waiting at a distance of about 100 yards, was grinning from ear to ear when he saw us and I realised with horror that the noise we had made must have burst through the slits in the walls in the harem and resounded across the desert.... when I met the Amir a few days later, and he told me that his family had enjoyed our visit very much indeed....'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 196–197

    May 11, 2010

  • "It was the custom for unmarried officers (the majority in those days) to visit the bungalows of the married for drinks on Sunday before lunch and sometimes before dinner on weekdays. I noticed very few came to us and as I knew Squire to be popular, I was anxious. 'Bertie', I asked one friendly youth, 'why don't more people come and see us?' He was embarrassed. 'Well', he finally managed to blurt out, 'It has got about that you read poetry'. 'Bother them all', I thought. 'I have never read it aloud'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 195

    May 11, 2010

  • Exactly. It says so right on the label.

    May 11, 2010

  • I heard a mnemonic (if that's the right adjective) device to help one remember how the residents pronounce it: Understand Newfoundland.

    Also, those interested in the subject may like this list.

    May 11, 2010

  • Oh my god, Omie Wise. Even *I* wouldn't sing that to my kid!

    Ooh! what's that one... Rye Cove! It's about a school burning down. But I don't think anyone dies.

    John, I'm changing the list name. As long as I give credit where it's due... right? "In the Pines": I don't think I know that one, but I added it anyway. Who sings it (most famously)?

    May 11, 2010

  • Usage/explanation on puddin' head.

    May 10, 2010

  • "A specialized type of cap for toddlers learning to walk was the 'pudding' or padded helmet designed to protect the infant's head in case of a fall. Abigail Adams wrote to a friend in 1766, asking to borrow the quilted 'contrivance' for her little girl 'Nabby,' just beginning to walk. She explained, 'Nabby Bruses her forehead sadly. she is fat as a porpouse and falls heavey.' The affectionate term 'puddin' head' was derived from the pudding caps many toddlers wore. Williamsburg milliners advertised 'Quilted Puddings for Children.'" (Seen here, in an article that also features a picture of said cap.)

    May 10, 2010

  • I'd be down with doing a joint list with John, if he were so inclined. *musing* Here.

    May 10, 2010

  • Some possibly relevant discussion might be found in the comments on this list.

    May 10, 2010

  • That's really interesting, ptero. You know what's most interesting/saddest of all? They hardly had to change any words, especially to the second verse.

    You know what else gives me the tingles/chills (well, a lot of songs do, actually) is the song "No Man's Land." I did a Tunie for that one too. I should learn the words better, since I've got a cub who needs lullabye-in' now.

    May 10, 2010

  • Thanks, plethora. I feel vindicated. :)

    May 10, 2010

  • See info on pessary.

    May 10, 2010

  • I like this part of that article:

    'One of his targets was Margaret Sanger, a nurse who wrote a sex education column, “What Every Girl Should Know,” for a left-wing New York newspaper, The Call. When Comstock banned her column on venereal disease, the paper ran an empty space with the title: “What Every Girl Should Know: Nothing, by Order of the U.S. Post Office.”'

    May 10, 2010

  • "My analyst told me (what?)
    That I was right outta my head.
    But I said dear doctor (yeah?)
    I think that it's you instead.
    'Cause I have got a thing that's unique and new,
    It proves that I'll have the last laugh on you,
    'Cause instead of one head (ha ha)
    I got two.
    And you know two heads are better than onnnnnnne..."

    May 10, 2010

  • My favorite comment on this comes from Denis Leary impersonating Babe Ruth. "Poor Lou Gehrig... Died of Lou Gehrig's disease. How the hell did he not see that coming?"

    May 10, 2010

  • Hey! I'm not alone! :)

    May 8, 2010

  • I was going to say "Nah! I'm sure lots of other..." but then, you're probably correct.

    May 8, 2010

  • I was struck by this line in particular, in the linked article: "Like any other force that stalks by night, Cimex lectularius are known by many names: the mahogany flat; the heavy dragoon; the crimson rambler; the Nachtkrabbler; and, most simply of all, the redcoat."

    May 7, 2010

  • *deflates*

    May 7, 2010

  • Well, I should have clarified: they're for very little kids. The ones who would cry to find their juice boxes are empty because they didn't realize not to squeeze them. Once you are old enough to realize what you're doing, why... then it's fun.

    May 7, 2010

  • bilby... *giggling* "drop the handbrake on your whale"?? *still giggling*

    May 7, 2010

  • That's awesome. I especially like the explanations for "drink" and "glee."

    May 7, 2010

  • Mmm. And, they'll fit in those little covers that prevent kids from squeezing juice boxes and spilling "Lit'l Smokies" all over the place.

    May 6, 2010

  • Illustration of this concept can be found here.

    May 6, 2010

  • Interesting conversational topic, fonts are.

    May 6, 2010

  • Hey! John, that was a good idea! Where are the Wordnik bookmarks??

    May 6, 2010

  • Some Fritos.

    May 6, 2010

  • Illustration here.

    May 6, 2010

  • Excellent explanation of hell can be found here.

    May 6, 2010

  • I want some.

    May 6, 2010

  • I had the same thought, thtownse. Someone is looking out for our welfare, like.

    agatehinge... that's... I'll have to try that. Someday when my cholesterol levels aren't so crappy.

    May 6, 2010

  • No, no. I just chew very thoroughly.

    May 6, 2010

  • Mmfn. *chewing*

    May 5, 2010

  • Umbrage, etc. I was trying to say that "putting something on the table" is NOT the same thing as "tabling" it. The first implies immediate discussion; the second, delayed until a later time. Sorry I wasn't more clear. I was eating Cheddar Lit'l Smokies and typing with my mouth full.

    May 5, 2010

  • Agatehinge, on those rare occasions I put the mustard on the dog, I always roll it around to smear it on the bread anyway. I do not think it worthwhile to risk dropping mustard (which stains) on myself, thereby wasting its precious essence, and would rather offend the H.D. Etiquette Gods instead.

    Also, cream cheese? on hot dogs? seriously?

    John, that's mighty cute. :) Thanks for posting.

    I agree with John---if you're putting chili on your dog, you can put cheese on it. Otherwise... well... I love those cheesy l'il smokies. (Which I have just discovered is actually spelled "Lit'l Smokies," and now I like them less.)

    Cheese on/in brats is more acceptable, I think, than cheese on a dog, unless (again) there's chili involved. And I wouldn't put chili on a brat. That's just wrong.

    May 5, 2010

  • I just steam them and sprinkle on some olive oil and kosher flake salt. Yum.

    May 5, 2010

  • "India to her was home and when at the age of ten she was 'banished', as she saw it, to boarding school in England, along with her younger sister Bets, she was plunged into misery. Like many foreign-born English children she was appalled by her first sight of England.... 'Nothing but mile after mile of squalid, soot-stained walls, warehouses and dingy streets lined with small, grimy terraced houses in which, unbelievably, my native people, Angrezis (English) — "Sahib-log"—actually lived....' Bullied mercilessly at boarding school by the other girls, Mollie and Bets resorted to speaking to each other in Hindustani, which the other pupils could not understand."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 86

    May 5, 2010

  • "She was given a tent with two charpoys (string beds) and an oil stove outside it on which she had to cook supper while beating off the insects."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 71

    May 5, 2010

  • Usage on dhoolie.

    May 5, 2010

  • "After an uncomfortable journey by dhoolie (a rather humbler kind of litter than a palanquin) into which the monsoon rains had poured she arrived in Dalhousie to find that there were not quarters available."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 71

    May 5, 2010

  • "... the kitmagar, who corresponds to butler, then appears and I give out lump sugar, ham, biscuits, etc, fill up the decanters and cigarettes and matchboxes and give out dusters and clothes for each man....'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 70

    May 5, 2010

  • Usage on detchie.

    May 5, 2010

  • "After her husband left for the office after breakfast she began her day 'by visiting the kitchen and seeing a boiling "detchie" (an aluminium pan with no handle) of water. I consider coal and see whether there is permanganate of potash ready to soak the vegetables and whether the earthenware saucers on which the larders stand have been filled with water and disinfectant...'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 69

    May 5, 2010

  • "Those living abroad often tried to anglicise their dwellings in an effort to recreate a little corner of England.... 'clung rather pathetically to every tradition of Home, disguised their cheap furniture (hired from the Government or a dealer in the bazaar) with flowered cretonnes and made their bungalows look as English as they could'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 68

    May 5, 2010

  • "The Mutiny Act of 1703 stipulated that soldiers should be billeted in 'inns, livery stables, ale houses, victualling houses, and all houses selling brandy, strong-waters, cyder or metheglin to be drunk on the premises, and in no other, and in no private houses whatsoever'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 61

    May 5, 2010

  • "A column on the march in India presented a particularly colourful spectacle. Behind the orderly column of soldiers trailed a disorderly, clamorous army of servants, followers and wives. Syces (grooms) rode the officers' spare ponies or drove their gharries (pony traps) while others perched on top of the camels and elephants used to transport heavy baggage. Behind them came the water carriers, grass cutters, cooks, sweepers and washerwomen, bullock carts with squeaking wheels and drivers cracking their whips and shouting curses. The rear guard followed behind, restoring some semblance of military orderliness to the tip of this extraordinary tail."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 56

    May 5, 2010

  • Usage on gharries.

    May 5, 2010

  • "If ladies did not want to eat in the mess a cook would bring them meals in their tent and they were usually attended by an ayah (maid) and other domestic servants who would sweep and clean their tents, shooing away unwanted visitors such as rats and cockroaches..." (p. 56)

    "'I am not praising myself, dear Mama, but only wish you to know that it is quite possible for a lady to exert herself in this Country. I keep no ayah ladies' maid, which diminishes the expenses of our establishment not a little. Hannay often insists on my having one, but I will not indulge in such laziness unless obliged by ill health.'"
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 71

    May 5, 2010

  • "Even offering a gentleman caller refreshment was out of the question as it was considered 'an act of glaring impropriety in a lady to invite any gentleman to stay and partake of tiffin who is not either a relative or an intimate friend of the family'."
    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 55–56

    May 5, 2010

  • Damn Anglo-Saxons.

    May 5, 2010

  • No problem. *tries to wield trebuchet*

    *fails*

    May 4, 2010

  • ... wouldn't that be better spelled beatle?

    AH-HUH! AH-HUH-HUH!! < -- upper-class twit laugh.

    Damn Victorians.

    May 4, 2010

  • ... "tubular meat"?

    P.S. Nobody but nobody is gonna tell ME not to put mustard between the dog and the bun. Don't mess with Tex—er... I mean, Chained Bear!

    May 4, 2010

  • OH YEAAAAHHHH!!!

    May 4, 2010

  • But that's just it! This usage doesn't describe a bug at all, but some kind of kitchen tool. Doesn't anyone else think that's f***ing WEIRD?

    *muttering* Damn Victorians...

    May 4, 2010

  • Putting something on the table always meant, to me, to bring it forward for discussion or examination. Tabling a question is a parliamentary/congressional thing to do, and it means putting it on a table for later discussion. If it helps, think of it as a side table.

    Perhaps we should change the idiom to "nightstanding the question."

    It would make congressional debates more titillating, anyhow.

    May 4, 2010

  • ... I want to be in a trebuchet-wielding mob.

    May 4, 2010

  • AHA!!! So yarb *is* a Victorian after all! *cackles gleefully*

    May 4, 2010

  • *makes scholarly notes about the reesetee's ability to pixillate itself*

    May 4, 2010

  • I'll have no truck with such products. Buying a Diet Coke over a Diet Pepsi because they'll give one penny out of $1,000 to breast cancer research doesn't make any sense and just pisses me off. I guess it's better than nothing, and does "raise awareness" (a phrase I hate), but I'd rather give my $1.50 to breast cancer research and skip the stupid product in the first place.

    May 4, 2010

  • Shockingly, I think it was a woman. But no way to tell.

    May 4, 2010

  • "Although the colors of the fruits should blend harmoniously, and the general appearance should be fresh and négligé, arrange them firmly, so that when the dish is moved there will be no danger of an avalanche."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 274

    May 4, 2010

  • "Have a large firkin, put in a layer of sliced tomatoes, then one of onions, next one of peppers, lastly cabbage; sprinkle over some of the mustard seed, repeat the layers again, and so on.... skim it well and turn it into the firkin. Let it stand twenty-four hours, then pour the whole into a large kettle, and let it boil five minutes; turn into the firkin, and stand away for future use."
    —Jane Warren, The Economical Cook Book, ca. 1882, quoted in Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 271

    May 4, 2010

  • "A more delicious way of cooking a turkey it is impossible to imagine."
    Godey's Lady's Book, December 1885, quoted in —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 239

    May 4, 2010

  • "To every gallon of juice add one quart of mixed wines...; salt to the taste; one ounce of blades of mace...."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 266

    May 4, 2010

  • "Salsify, or Oyster Plant. After scraping off the outside, parboil it, slice it, dip the slices into a beaten egg and fine bread crums sic, and fry in lard. It is very good boiled, and then stewed a few minutes in milk, with a little salt and butter. Or, make a batter of wheat flour, milk, and eggs; cut the salsify in thin slices, first boiling it tender; put them into the batter with a little salt; drop the mixture into hot fat by spoonfuls. Cook them till of a light brown."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 256

    May 4, 2010

  • "Canned corn, when simply stewed, is a wretched substitute for that most delicious and succulent of American esculents—green maize on the ear."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 254

    May 4, 2010

  • "If the peas are cold, heat the butter and pound the peas smooth with a potato-beetle."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 254

    May 4, 2010

  • "Underdone meat (foolishly called rare) is getting quite out of fashion, being unwholesome and indigestible, and to most Americans its savour is disgusting. To ladies and children it is always so, and even the English have ceased to like it. It is now seldom seen but at those public tables, where they consider it an object to have as little meat as possible eaten on teh first day, that more may be left for the second day, to be made into indescribable messes, with ridiculous French names, and passed off as French dishes, by the so-called French cook, who is frequently an Irishman."
    —Eliza Leslie, Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book, 1857, quoted in Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 239

    May 4, 2010

  • "Removes: Meat, Game, and Poultry. These are dishes which remove the fish and soup, served upon large dishes, and placed at the top and bottom of the table; great care should be evinced in cooking them, as they are the "pièce de résistance" of the dinner."
    —Alexis Soyer, The Modern Housewife, 1857, quoted in Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 236

    May 4, 2010

  • "Place a thick napkin on a platter, put the ice upon this, cover the dish with parsley or smilax, and garnish with lemon."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 234

    May 4, 2010

  • "Shape in a tablespoon without smoothing much, slip them off into a basket, and fry in smoking hot lard one minute. ... The lard should be hot enough to brown a piece of bread while you count forty."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 232

    Italics in original.

    May 4, 2010

  • See calf's head.

    May 4, 2010

  • "If the above method is exactly followed, there will be found no necessity for taking the trouble and enduring the disgust and tediousness of cleaning and preparing a calf's head for mock turtle soup—a very unpleasant process, which too much resembles the horrors of a dissecting room. And when all is done a calf's head is a very insipid article."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985),225

    May 4, 2010

  • "Take one quart of sour milk, or buttermilk; stir in as much corn meal as will make a pancake batter; take one teacupful of flour, and one teaspoonful of saleratus; beat well together; then add three eggs well beaten...."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 214

    May 4, 2010

  • Usage on loppered.

    May 4, 2010

  • "These cakes are simple, economical, wholesome, and extremely nice. 'Loppered' milk, or 'clabber,' is better than buttermilk. Try them!"
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 213

    May 4, 2010

  • "Cocoa shells are also very nutritious and palatable; they must be roasted with the same care as coffee, turned slowly during the operation, but constantly and in a tightly covered cylinder. After being carefully roasted a deep brown, when cool it must be triturated smoothly in a mortar, as much as may be required; when reduced to a paste, and all the little husks removed, then pour over a spoonful of the paste a cupful of boiling water, thus proportioned to the quantity required; then boil it for twenty minutes, stirring, but kept covered; then serve as coffee, diluting with boiling milk or cream, and sugar to the taste; this forms a very agreeable beverage."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 208

    Yeah, agreeable. Unless you're the one making it. What a pain in the ass! I'll just have water, please.

    May 4, 2010

  • "Cream and finely powdered sugar filled in the empty spaces on the table. Desserts were to be served in elegant, usually footed glass or china bowls or compotes, called tazzas in 1851, which were to line the center of the table. These were to be flanked on the sides by lower dishes and plates of dried fruits, nuts, candies, and chocolates, all ornately garnished with flowers, leaves, and vines."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 177

    May 4, 2010

  • "These dishes were also called the sides, because they lined the sides of the table, as opposed to the ends and the center. Two sides and four kickshaws were considered adequate for four to six people."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 176

    May 3, 2010

  • "For a three-course meal, according to this scheme, the first course would consist of soup, meat from the soup, and 'kickshaws' (another word for appetizers, derived from the French quelque chose, and used to denote a delicacy, fancy dish, or relish, possibly oysters, anchovies, shrimp, sardines, celery, olives, or pickles)."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 175

    May 3, 2010

  • "Pie, at least for C. W. Gesner, was emblematic of all that was wrong with America's eating habits:

    'We are fond of pies and tarts. We cry for pie when we are infants. Pie in countless varieties waits upon us through life. Pie kills us finally. We have apple-pie, peach-pie, rhubarb-pie, cherry-pie, pumpkin-pie, plum-pie, custard-pie, oyster-pie, lemon-pie, and hosts of other pies. Potatoes are diverted from their proper place as boiled or baked, and made into a nice heavy crust to these pies, rendering them as incapable of being acted upon by the gastric juice as if they were sulphate of baryta, a chemical which boiling vitriol will hardly dissolve. ... How can a person with a pound of green apples and fat dough in his stomach feel at ease?'"
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 172

    May 3, 2010

  • Usage on pie.

    May 3, 2010

  • "Well-trained domestic help was crucial to the successful execution of an elaborate Victorian dinner party. The service bell, a popular affectation, allowed the hostess to get around the rule that she must never speak to the help during the meal: all instructions were given in advance and carried out wordlessly at the genteel tone of the bell."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 153

    May 3, 2010

  • "Crumbers for cleaning the tablecloth between courses came into widespread use in the 1890s. By that time, most Americans had abandoned the practice of laying two or three cloths on a dinner table, each to be removed after a given course."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 154

    May 3, 2010

  • "Plant in this boughs of green, bushes, and all the flowers that can be filled in. Nothing is prettier, in the centre of a table, than this little parterre. . . . Variety may be made by adding rocks, vases, and columns to the parterre; vases of flowers, at the corners of the table, may also be added."
    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 153

    May 3, 2010

  • Suggest you see Pro's link on fufluns.

    May 3, 2010

  • Not what I expected. *dons white jumpsuit and protective headgear*

    May 3, 2010

  • I like your piano teacher.

    April 30, 2010

  • like water off a duck's back.

    April 30, 2010

  • Brackets!

    April 30, 2010

  • Well, crunch my feathers! What an interesting idiom this is turning out to be. Quack!!

    April 30, 2010

  • But not quite with I'll?

    April 30, 2010

  • I should not have clicked on this page.

    April 30, 2010

  • Yes, Milos, I've heard that meaning also--an insult that doesn't sting is something that is inconsequential or easy, hence...

    What's this about feathers in milk?

    April 30, 2010

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