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

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Happy Birthday, thornwolf!

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

father of the chapel
Chapel, in printers' parlance, means workshop, originating from the fact that early printing presses were placed in chapels attached to abbeys. "Father of the Chapel" was the name given to the chairman of the meetings of journeymen printers assembled to decide any point of common interest.
--J. B. Lippincott's Everyday Phrases Explained, 1913

Virginia: A Land of Firsts
On this date in 1607, the colony of Jamestown was founded by the Virginia Company of London. It proved to be the first permanent British settlement in North America. Virginia has had the distinction of being the birthplace of both American democracy and American slavery. The first Anglican church in North America was founded here, also in 1607, and with it came the first Christmas celebration. The English also introduced vices, soon establishing the New World's first whiskey still and tobacco farm, and bringing over the first African slaves in 1619. The government declined to ban these influences, but when America's first printing press was set up here in 1682, authorities were quick to send the press and its owner packing.

And for the most part, things haven't much changed. :P

-The Gneech
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