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Happy Birthday, kagur!

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

Furred; clammy.
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

Furry Day
A dancing festival has long graced the streets of Heston, Cornwall, on this date. The dance, described as a "light kind," was called the "furry" or gathering. George Williamson's Curious Survivals (1923) mentioned this event, saying, "The strange old word, 'furry,' is probably derived from [Cornish] feria, a fair or jubilee. But it has been suggested by several writers on Cornish customs that this dance belongs to a far more remote period than the days of the fairs, and probably had its origin in a Roman festival. In 242 BC, a celebrated Roman courtesan named Flora bequeathed her entire fortune to the people of Rome. ... It is quite possible that the Furry Dance of Helston may represent the Floralia of Roman days, and may have been introduced into this country by the Romans. The dance takes place in the streets, and commences very early in the morning, continuing all day, the dancers going in and out of the various houses and drawing into their midst the persons who are visiting the town."

And then at midnight, the skeletons force the ensorcelled dancers to pass through the Totentanz Gate, turning them into ghastly undead puppets...

Oh, no, wait, that was something else. Sorry.

-The Gneech


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May. 8th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
First Secretary's Day, then System Administrator day, now Furry Day? *snickers* We get a whole day now? Sweet! I hope I get some shinies and appreciation cards on Furry Day now. Candy and flowers are good too, but mostly the former. Weee! Talk like a Furry Day has to be the next new holiday!

May. 8th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
In addition to Furry Day, it also happens to be National Teacher's Day in the US.
May. 8th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I do believe we need to promulgate the "furry == feria == fair or jubilee" derivation more widely.

I will refrain from comment as to whether a celebration named for a prostitute is or is not appropriate for our fandom.
May. 9th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Thank you
..for the nice birthday wishes:)
May. 9th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Wait a moment! I got married on furry day??! ROFL!!

*wonders if I can get away with wearing my fursuit to next year's anniversary dinner...probably NOT*
May. 9th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
Waitaminnit, what was that something else?? O_O
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