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

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Happy Birthday, bearblue!

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

run like winkin
Though it has been plausibly argued that the comparison has reference to the rapid passage of the welkin, or cloud, through the heavens, the last word of the expression is probably a contraction of winking, meaning the time taken to wink the eye. We have moreover almost an exact parallel in the French clin d'oeil, and our own expression, in a wink, an abbreviation of twinkle, the opening or shutting of the eye; and again in German augenblick, a moment.
--A. Wallace's Popular Sayings Dissected, 1895

Goodwood Races
Begun in 1802, many of the horse races held at Sussex's Goodwood racetrack have become part of the modern English racing season, which Edward VII called "a garden party with racing tacked on." Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) mentioned these races: "So called from the park in which they are held. They begin the last Tuesday of July and last four days, but the principal one is Thursday, called the 'Cup Day.'" These races, being held in a private park, are exclusive and admirably conducted. Goodwood Park, the property of the Duke of Richmond, was purchased by Charles, the first duke of the Compton family.

"Augenblick" meaning "moment" is just so very German. Germany is home to some of the richest syllable mines in Europe, so they're always very generous with them.

-The Gneech
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