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Happy Birthday, ralph_lycanth!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk)!

interlard
To put lard or fat between layers of meat. Metaphorically, to mix what is the solid part of a discourse with fulsome and irrelevant matter. Thus we say, "to interlard with oaths, compliments," etc.
--Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898


Victoria Day (Canada)

Mayoral "Weigh-in"

On the first Monday after mid-month, mayors of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, have been "weighed in" and "weighed out" of their positions in a changing-of-the-guard ceremony. Those who shed poundage during their tenure are honored, while obese "bloaters" are subject to good-natured ridicule. An anonymously written self-help manual, The Cottage Physician (1899), offered readers some questionable advice on the subject of weight loss: "Take less nutritious substances for food; drink sparingly, especially malt liquors. ... The body should be rubbed with a pomatum made of lard, 3/4 ounces, and camphor, one ounce. By a rigid pursuance of these means ... the most corpulant and unwieldy man or woman will be reduced within moderate bounds, with an acquisition of health, strength, and vigor."

Right, I'll get back to you on that.

-The Gneech

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jamesbarrett
May. 21st, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
I bet that worked about as well as most diets these days. -Frisk
exatron
May. 22nd, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
So that's where the Atkins diet came from.
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