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  • The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the official start of Lent.

    "The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of Confession and doing penance." --Wikipedia

    See also Mardi Gras.

    February 25, 2009

  • Although 'shrove' is indeed the preterite of 'shrive', it is morphologically impossible for this element 'Shrove' to be that verb form. A preterite can't compound with nouns like that. The OED just calls it obscure. The only speculation it can offer is that Old English might hypothetically have had a related noun that would give Middle English 'shrove', but it is very surprising then that no trace of it is found till the first mention of Shrovetide in the 1400s.

    February 25, 2009

  • Mmmmm, pancakes!

    February 25, 2009