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Birthday Time!

Happy birthday to hbar98! And happy belated birthday to ramalion! Have some Forgotten English! (© Jeffrey Kacirk)


Sheep's-eyed; sidelong; shy; used also when a person squints a little. Perhaps the word is cannywest, for canny hinny, in some parts, means a sly person.
—Rev. Alfred Easther's Glossary of Almondbury and Huddersfield, 1883

Birthday of Thomas Fuller (1608-1661),

English antiquarian and divine, who tried to patriotically explain the Bible's parable of the shepherd and his lost sheep, writing, "Foreigners much admire at our English sheep because they do not, as those beyond the seas, follow their shepherds like a pack of dogs, but wander wide abroad. And the popish priests tell their simple flocks that this disobedience of our sheep happeneth unto us because we have left the great shepherd, the pope; whereas they did so long before our separation from Rome because, freed from the fear of wolves, they feed safely in the fields, needing neither guide to direct nor guard to defend them." To this explanation, Fuller parenthetically added the curious Latin aside, Risum teneatis, amici? which meant "Can you help laughing, friends?"

Veni, vidi, bleati.

-The Gneech


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Jun. 11th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!

In the early first century AD, shepherds routinely followed their sheep, guiding them to the pastures he had beforehand prepared. This practice is still done in many areas in the Near East (last I heard). The exception is the butcher, who leads the sheep to where he will butcher them.

Have a great day!
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