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Happy Birthday katayamma!

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

cicilious
Of hair-cloth. [From] celice, a coarse cloth originally made of Cilician goat's hair; a rough garment made of hair-cloth, generally worn as a penitential robe. Formed of Old English celic, Latin cilicium.
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1893


Death of William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), who served just one month as America's commander in chief. Six weeks after the luckless president expired, a French diplomat known as the Chevalier de Bacourt described a peculiar memorial activity ordered by Harrison's successor: "President Tyler has just ordered a national fast of twenty-four hours on the occasion of General Harrison's death. Do you not think that it is a very singular idea in a protestant republic to make a whole nation fast on account of the death of their Chief Magistrate? It seems to me a penance altogether arbitrary, and useless in a country where Protestantism does not admit the efficacy of prayers for the dead. The official fast is explained only by the passionate desire to make an effect and to show a religious feeling, which in fact served as a base to the first little republics of New England, but which has very much cooled down."

-The Gneech

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
katayamma
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Doumo!
kylet
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I just say the word, ohhhhh...ci-cicilious.

Happy b-day, katayamma...
torakiyoshi
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Is that really cicilious, or is it supposed to be cilicious, since the garment is made from cilician goat hair?

And happy day, Katayamma!

Have the best

-=TK
kinkyturtle
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Cicilious,
You're breaking my heart,
You're shaking my confidous dailious.

Oh Cicilious,
I'm down on my kneeous,
I'm begging you pleaous to come home,
Come on homous.
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