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August 18th, 2006

Happy Birthday, lythandra!

For your present -- or one of them, anyway -- here's today's Forgotten English!

scaturigenous
Abounding in springs or fountains.
--Daniel Fenning's Royal English Dictionary, 1775


That bursts out, or runs over, out of which water riseth.
--Thomas Blount's Glossographia, 1656


Feast Day of St. Helen,
or Ellin, a little-known third-century saint who may have been a daughter of Britain's pre-Saxon King Cole, the merry old soul in the nursery rhyme. Edward Baines's History of the County Palatine of Lancaster (1836) reported: "This saint gives name to numerous wells in the north of England. In the middle of the seventeenth century, a Dr. Kuerden, described a spring in the parish of Brindle. To it the vulgar neighboring people of the Red Letter do much resort with pretended devotion each year upon St. Ellin's Day, where and when, out of foolish ceremony, they offer or throw into the wells pins which, there being left, may be seen a long time after by any visitor of that fountain. A similar custom may be observed some years ago by the visitors of St. Helen's well in Sefton, but more in accordance with an ancient practice than from any devotion to the saint."

"...may be observed some years ago"? Got your TARDIS handy?

-The Gneech

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