July 17th, 2006

Mad Red

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Happy berfday to the awesome kamau_d_lyon and to the late but still awesome twoolfe!

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

Supported by, dependent or subsisting on, the doles or gifts of patrons; formed on Latin sportula, little basket, dole, gift; [1600s].
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1919

Ha'penny Handout
Henry Edwards's Old English Customs: Curious Bequests and Charities (1842) described an eccentric and rather inequitable method of distributing an annual charitable donation to the poor, performed annually on July 17: "The sum of nineteen shillings and twopence was the proportion of certain consolidated charities to which the township was entitled. ... The overseer had the money changed into pence and half-pence, and placed in a peck measure, inviting all the poor to take a handful, which was done. Those who came last, of course, got none." Trench Johnson's Phrases and Names: Their Origins and Meanings (1906) described why ha'pennies were so called: "The original penny pieces were deeply indented [scored] crosswise so that halfpennies and farthings (or 'fourthlings') could easily be broken off, as an occasion demanded."

Heh. I knew that about ha'pennies ... I didn't know that about farthings!

-The Gneech
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Jeeves Very Good

Customer Service for the Win! :D

Well, for all the griping I do about Games Workshop's prices, I can't fault their customer service.

When I bought the new fig for Baylor, I also picked up for myself the blister pack set of Elrond's sons, Elladan and Elrohir. Unfortunately, one of Elrohir's swords had been weakened by rattling around in the package, which I couldn't tell from looking at it ... so almost immediately after I assembled and basecoated the fig, *snap!*

Grumble, grumble. -.-

So I called them today to ask about maybe sending him in for a replacement, expecting to be either told "no" (since the figure was assembled and primed already) or to have to fill out a form, send it in and wait for them to get back to me.

Neither of which was the case. The customer service rep on the phone cheerfully took my name and address and said they'd mail the figure right out to me. Just like that! :)

So ... yeah. They're pricey. But they've got good customer service! Well done, GW. :)

-The Gneech

Khent Devto [gaming]

This is my new character for the Star Wars game Laurie is going to try to run. She's basically taking over my game, at least for now, figuring that a low-level game will be easier for her to learn with than the high-level thing with Shradha would be. As much as I like Shradha and will miss playing him, I'll gladly make a new character for the chance to play something. (I did think about playing a 2nd-level Farghul Jedi ... but decided not to be quite so repetitive. Maybe if this game gets up to high enough level, I'll retire this character and play Shradha from there on instead. We'll see.)

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