July 23rd, 2004

Jeeves Very Good

Today's Forgotten English

priscianist
A grammarian.
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1928


To break Priscian's head, to outrage the rules of grammar.
--Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922


The phrase, "Priscian a little scratched," [Love's Labour's Lost] is a paraphrase of a common expression, "diminuis Prisciana caput," which was applied to such as speak false Latin ... It may be fairly said that from the beginning of the sixth century until recently, Priscian has reigned over Latin grammar.
--John Phin's Shakespeare Cyclopædia and and Glossary, 1902


Birthday of George Fox (1624 - 1691),
founder of the Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers. Author Samuel Butler, though an adherent to the rules of the Roman grammarian Priscian, lampooned Fox and his followers in his satrical epic poem Hudibras (1663-1678):
[They] hold no sin so deeply red
As that of breaking Prisian's head.

-The Gneech
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Liberty

Congressional Tantrums

Sometimes, when a parent tells a child, "No, you can't have that," the child will scream, "Yes I can! Yes I can! YES I CAN!"

Well, apparently the same behavior is also practiced by members of the House of Representatives, who have just passed a bill that says, in effect, "Federal judges aren't allowed to rule against us on gay marriage." Or, to put it bluntly, "We know it's unconstitutional, but the Judicial branch isn't allowed to declare it so 'cause we don't want it to be."

Hello, separation of powers, anyone?

The good news is, this particular piece of stupidity is likely to die in the Senate; the bad news is, the same idiots probably have another umpteen bills in the same vein all locked and loaded.

Here's a newsflash guys: if you have to trick the society into enacting your laws, THE SOCIETY DOESN'T WANT THEM.

-The Gneech
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Drezzer cool

A Present for _litho_ [artwork]

He asked me to do a Dover pic for him the other day when he was feeling sick, and today Collapse )

I figure a finished version will go into that theoretical portfolio Tiffany was bugging me about the other day.

Feedback welcome! Whattya think, sirs?

-The Gneech
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