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

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Berfday Fluff!

Happy belated berfday (yesterday) to sk_1! Here's your Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

Cape Cod turkey

The cod fish — a slang term which is used interchangeably with Marblehead Turkey [in] Massachusetts.
—John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889

America's First Thanksgiving in Berkeley?

The first true American Thanksgiving feast took place on this date in 1619 at Berkeley Plantation, in what is now Virginia — about a year before the better remembered 1620 arrival of the pilgrims in Massachusetts. On this date, thirty-eight colonists from England's Berkeley Parish who had dropped anchor in the James River came ashore, led by Captain John Woodlief. He spoke for the group: "Wee ordaine that the day of our ship's arrival at the place assigned for plantacon [plantation] in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God." But it was not until November 26, 1789, that what Americans call Thanksgiving was first commemorated as a national holiday, at the behest of George Washington, to celebrate the adoption of the US Constitution. The date remained until Abraham Lincoln changed it to the variable-date Thursday format in 1863.

That's US Constitution, the document, not U.S.S. Constitution, the ship.

-The Gneech
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