John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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A Bazillion Birthdays!

Well, despite my New Year's Resolution, I've still been sucking re: birthdays. I've got nothing to say 'cept "my bad."

So! Happy belated birthdays to:

gamescribe, cmdr_kitsune, syke, smrgol_t_kirin, poppyokapi, makovette, jonasbagel, tchall, galish, yippee, cargoweasel, carlfox, teirandragon, mouseferatu, and trejaan!

For your present, hope you don't mind sharing today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

whitwhat
Unstable; changeable.
--W.E.T. Morgan's Radnorshire Words, 1881


Death of Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886),
Irish-born linguist whose vision of consolidating English dictionaries and glossaries helped form today's Oxford English Dictionary. His Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from Their Present (1859) offered many specimens of words that have changed over time. For example, he described the old usage of womb as formerly being "ascribed to both sexes." Likewise bawd "could have been applied to pander and pandress alike," while concubine once also included the "male paramour." Artificial meant something "which was wrought, according to the principles of art," and corpse referred to "the body of the living equally as of the dead." Trench wrote that at one time the term common sense indicated a sort of sensual concurrence, or "a sense which has the common bond of them all, and which passed its verdicts on the reports which they severally made to it." More examples of Trench's English retrospective may be found at www.forgottenenglish.com/Altered_English.htm.

Not above a little self-pluggery, eh Jeffrey? ;)

For the record, "sensual concurrence" is not like "sexual healing."

-The Gneech
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