John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Happy Birthday to snapcat!

And happy 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars!

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

mopple
To confuse. Halliwell says moppil is a mistake or blunder.
--Rev. Alfred Easther's Glossary of Almondbury and Huddersfield, 1883


Birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882),
American poet and essayist, who wrote in The Conduct of Life (1860) that "A man's library is a sort of harem." In 1840, former president John Quincy Adams commented in his diary, "A young man named Ralph Waldo Emerson, a classmate of my son George, after failing the everyday avocations of Unitarian preacher and schoolmaster, starts a new doctrine of Transcendentalism, declares all the old revelations superannuated, and announces the approach of new revelations and prophecies." That same year Emerson wrote in his journal: "The language of the street is always strong. What can describe the folly and emptiness of scolding like the word jawing?" Despite his appreciation of earlier English, he remarked in Society and Solitude (1870), "I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under Heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles River when I wish to go to Boston as of reading all my books in originals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue."

-The Gneech

PS: I must admit to a bit of judicious editing here. Today's word was actually supposed to be superannuated, meaning "Worn out with age; grown out of date." But I figured nobody wants to be commemorated like that on their birthday!
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