April 20th, 2004

Fred/George

Happy Birthday berin!

And in honor of the fascination we both have with it, here's today's Forgotten English!

carpet-knight
Knights dubbed in peace, on a carpet, by mere court favour, not in the field for military prowess. Some have thought that there was actually an order of Knights of the Carpet, but if it was anything like an order, it was only one of social jocularity. ... It seems to have been a mock title, given to some knights who were not furnished with any better ... [and] a term of great contempt. Cotgrave defines mignon de couchette, "a carpet-knight, one that ever loves to be in women's chambers."
--Robert Nares's Glossary of the Works of English Authors, 1859


Feast Day of St. Peter Martyr
Called the Prince of the Inquisition because of his persuasiveness, especially regarding the confessions of heretics, Peter (1205-1252) was once ejected from a monastery for entertaining women in his cell. However, he used his gift of eloquence to argue successfully that the voices eavesdroppers had overheard were those of Saints Agnes, Catherine, and Cecilia -- visiting from heaven.
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My Clié is due to arrive tomorrow!

I'm jazzed. ;)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled LJ.

-The Gneech
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