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

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Happy Belated Birthday to invisiblewolf!

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

Pertaining to funerals; [from] Latin funibris.
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

Feast Day of Christina the Astonishing,
a patroness of psychiatrists, who was said to have arisen from her coffin during her funeral. W. & R. Chambers' Book of Days (1864) recounted a slightly macabre funeral tradition: "Among the many customs which have been handed down to us from early times, but which have now become obsolete, one of the most beautiful, simple, and most poetically symbolic, was that of carrying garlands before the corpses of unmarried females on their way to the grave, and then hanging up the garland in the church as a momento of the departed one. This sweetly pretty custom was in former ages observed in most parts of the kingdom, but in Derbyshire, that land of wild and beautiful scenery, where remnants of old customs, of popular beliefs and superstitions, and of the sport and habits of past generations linger in plenty, its observance has, perhaps, been continued to a much later period than in any other district."

Man, W. & R. Chambers just loved everything, didn't they? How very grim. Sorry 'bout that, Lanny. Had I known it was your birthday yesterday, I would have regaled you with "The Casting of the Stools" instead.

-The Gneech
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