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

Happy Birthday, russ_arulo!

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

Money scattered for children to scramble for on the occasion of a marriage.
--William Grant's Scottish National Dictionary, 1941

In some of the villages, it was usually the custom for children to assemble round the door and demand ba-siller, when a few coppers given them.
--Walter Gregor's Echo of Olden Times, 1874

Feast Day of St. Gengulf,
a patron of cuckolds and the unhappily married. William Walsh's Curiosities of Popular Customs (1897) pointed out these curious facts about marriages: "Not two percent of the marriages in the midland district of England are celebrated on Friday. On the other hand, in Scotland nine-tenths of the marriages occur on that day. ... According to the Registrar-General of Scotland, there are more marriages in that land celebrated on the last day of the year than in all the rest of the year put together, yet when the last day of the year happens to be on a Saturday, no one gets married on it."

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