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January 31st, 2006

Happy Birthday, murrrmaiyd!

For your present, here's Today's Forgotten English!

fangast
A marriageable maid; Norfolk.
--Capt. Francis Grose's Provincial Glossary, 1811


Maids' Money
On this date annually since 1674, domestics and au pairs have competed at the local guildhall in Guildford, Surrey, for a modest, winner-take-all purse -- now a little more than £10 -- known as "maids' money." Although the contest is decided by throws of dice, it is stipulated that the winner cannot be a resident of an alehouse or "hostelry" and therefore, it is assumed, not familiar with gambling. The original £400 endowment was left by one John Hay, who in 1674 spelled out the rules in his will. A new wrinkle developed in 1702, when one John Parsons bequeathed £600 to "a poor young man" who successfully completed a local seven-year apprenticeship. But since candidates for this prize proved to be scarce as hen's teeth, Guildford officials decided that the proceeds from Parsons's bequest should instead go, over the years, to the runners-up of the dice-throwing competition.

-The Gneech

I'd Just Like to Mention Here...

That I am thoroughly enjoying Comic Party.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled friends list, already in progress.

-The Gneech
Tonight's film selection was Real Genius. If you'd ever like to know what my college experience was like, watch this film. Same year, same issues. I was 16 when I started college, whereas Mitch Taylor is 15 -- but it wasn't that different. I was a Humanities nerd instead of a Science nerd, but the rest is pretty scarily applicable. It took a lot of time and effort to make the suave, sophisticated man-about-town you know today! ;)

Anyway, on to the numbers!Collapse )

I'm glad I spent yesterday night drawing -- my body needed the break. Tomorrow night I might do some DDR if we have the time.

-The Gneech

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