December 23rd, 2003


Today's Forgotten English, and a Ramble About School


The word is used in Yorkshire, and applied especially to dishes made from the viscera of the pig. Christmas was formerly, as now, the principal season for pig-cheer.
--T. Lewis Davies's Supplemental English Glossary, 1881

Christmas Boar's-Head Custom
At Queen's College, Oxford, the Boar's-head feast is still celebrated with accustomed ceremonial. The mythical origin of the custom is the story of a student of the college who was attacked by a wild boar while he was diligently studying Aristotle during a walk near Shotover Hill, some five hundred years ago. His book was his only means of defence, so he thrust the volume down the animal's throat, exclaiming, "Græcum est!" [Latin: "It's Greek!" -TG] The boar found Greek very difficult to digest, and died on the spot, and the head was brought home in triumph by the student. Ever since that date, a boar's-head has graced the college table at Christmas.
--P.H. Ditchfield's Old English Customs, 1896

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