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Birthdays!

Happy birthday to vlad_badger! And while I'm at it, happy belated birthdays to m0nkeygrl, stripeymaney, and sirfox! Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk) all around!

furk
To expell; to be furked, to be expelled; Winchester School Glossary.
--William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1883


A Military Officer -- Nevermore
On this date in 1831 Boston-born poet Edgar Allen Poe was formally booted from the US Military Academy, West Point, after quickly rising to the rank of sergeant-major. Poe's ongoing disagreements with his wealthy, alcoholic stepfather resulted in the teen's being saddled with large educational debts when he was disowned. A classmate recalled that Poe's "wayward and capricious temper made him at times utterly oblivious or indifferent to the ordinary routine of roll-calls, drills, and guard duties." Although he excelled in academics, Poe also became a notorious class-cutter. He was continually hazed by other students, who resented his innate intelligence and his easily-had good grades and promotions, and teased him for being the son of an actor and an actress. The proud poet was also castigated for writing versus ridiculing his teachers and the academy. After one semester he was court-martialed and expelled for truancy from chapel services, gross neglect of duty, and disobedience.

All fine qualities in a poet, but yeah, not so hot in a soldier.

-The Gneech

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the_gneech
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I just have visions of a downcast Edgar Allen, leaving the campus with his head hanging low, saying, "Man, I am so furked..."

-The Gneech
vlad_badger
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs* thanks for the birthday wishes!

and that is a awesome wordy!

Furk!
frustratedpilot
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Whereas the older English homophone firk, as seen in Shakespeare's Henry V, simply means "to beat someone up". Thus Pistol's threat to Mister Fer that he would fer (restrain in irons), firk (bash around) and ferret (rob him of everything he can) Fer.
stilghar
Mar. 7th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
The dereliction of duty and insubordination I can agree with, but if truancy from chapel services was still a punishable offense, I'd never have made it past Airman Basic. :P
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