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

Happy Birthday, kamau_d_lyon and the late, great twoolfe!

For your present, here's tomorrow's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk) -- because I didn't care for today's:

The wild look that accompanies delirium.
--Robley Dunglison's Dictionary of Medical Sciences, 1844

From Greek peri, around, and blepein, to look.
--T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia, 1871

[Tomorrow:] Birthday of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863),
English novelist, journalist, satirist, lecturer, and poet. In light of the long-standing history of poor leadership and even outright madness of the Hanoverian kings of England, Thackeray felt compelled to offer this explanation of their reign in "The Four Georges," a lecture given to Americans in 1855: "If in looking at the lives of men, of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal; we must make allowances for the rich men's failings and recollect that we too were very likely indolent and voluptuous had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great ... fortune, do but be splendid and idle?"

He could start by not marrying his cousins! ;P

-The Gneech
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