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

Happy Birthday, emsworth!

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

To tread heavily or pace about; whence, probably, strumpet, a street walker.
--Charles Mackay's Lost Beauties of the English Language, 1874

Death of William Prynne (1600-1669),
author of Histro-Mastix: The Scourge of Players (1633), a work containing a condemnation of the theater that proved to be his costliest lapse of judgement: "It hath evermore been the notorious badge of prostituted strumpets and the lewdest harlots to ramble abroad to playhouses, whither no honest, chaste, or sober girls or women, but only branded whores and infamous adulteresses did usually resort in ancient times." Prynne was imprisoned for six years because Charles I's queen consort, Henrietta Maria, who had once taken part in a performance at court, read this as an assault on her virtue. Prynne's French contemporary Blaise Pascal took a similar position but used a milder tone: "All the chiefest forms of amusement endanger Christian life, but of all those devised by the world, none is so worrisome as the Theatre."

Remember kids, being happy or having fun is eeeevil.

-The Gneech
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