John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Happy Birthday, kuddlepup and lukebacca!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

A great eater, who cheats at hotels, eating-shops, and oyster-cellars; from a person of that name who lived many years ago, and who was an enormous oyster-eater. According to the stories related of him, Dando would visit an oyster-room, devour an almost fabulous quantity of bivalves, with porter and bread and butter to match, and then calmly state that he had no money.
--John Camden Hotten's Slang Dictionary, 1887

Columbus Day observed (US)
Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

Colchester Oyster Festival

In the history of festivity, the Colchester Oyster Feast is unique. The origin of the feast is lost in the mists of antiquity, although its written records go back to 1667. It appears to have been held every year on St. Denis's Day, October 9th. ... In recent years [it] has become a great public function to which have been invited some of the most eminent men of the day. British native oysters were renowned in ancient Rome, and their praises sung by Juvenal, Martial, and other Latin poets. Even before the Christian era, the historian Sallust declared, "there is some good in the poor Britons -- they can produce a good oyster."
--Frederick Hackwood's Good Cheer: The Romance of Food and Feasting, 1911

They're feasting on Dennis Day! Oh the humanity!

-The Gneech
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