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

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Happy Birthday, kailucidricwolf!

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

Servility; fawning behavior, like that of a slave. [Adapted from Latin] verna, a slave.
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

Columbus Day
Stratford-on-Avon Hiring Fair

Around this date each year in Shakespeare's hometown, a hiring fair for field and household servants was held at which employers chose their staffs for the coming twelve months. The annual contracts included many rules, most of which favored the boss. Thomas ("Onesimus") Cosnett's Footman's Dictionary and Butler's Remembrancer (1823) noted an example related to the use of unclean language: "If any servant shall curse or swear, and be convicted on the oath of one witness before one justice within eight days of the offense, he shall forfeit one shilling for the first offence, two shillings if convicted a second time, and three shillings the third time, or be committed to hard labor for ten days." Lady Troubridge's Book of Ettiquette (1926) explained the harsh penalty when English servants, who were typically paid once a month until recent years, quit abruptly: "A servant is able to terminate his engagement immediately by forfeiting his wages from the last time payment was made."


From mouser: What did YOU get, Charlie Brown?

And for bauske, from xydexx: The World's Smallest Pac-Man Game!

-The Gneech
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