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September 27th, 2007

Happy Birthday, lowen_kind!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

colonial goose
A boned leg of mutton stuffed with sage and onions. In the early days, sheep was almost the sole animal food. Mutton was then cooked in various ways to imitate other dishes.
--Edward Morris' A Dictionary of Austral English, 1898


Grocery Shopping in Philadelphia
In a letter written on this date in 1840, one of France's ministers to Washington, the Chevalier de Bacourt, recorded his impressions of a Philadelphia street market: "The day before yesterday, I rose very early that I might see the superb market in High Street, which is a mile in length at its busiest time. ... There were more men than women buying their provisions. In the United States, good housekeepers of the middle classes stay at home as much as possible, and do not trust their helps -- it is thus they call their servants -- to spend the money for household expenses. So you see perfectly well-dressed men carrying vegetables in a handkerchief in one hand and a leg of mutton in the other."

Suddenly I want a turkey dinner with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Weird.

-The Gneech

Hang Up and ... Pedal?

It has been a week to shake the foundations and make one start chanting "Koyaanisqatsi..." -- or at the very least to make one think that ol' Wonko the Sane may have been on to something.

And yet, I was coping. Until I encountered the delightful little cherry on top of the week's lovely WTF Sundae.

It was a kid, maybe 12, riding along on his bike, yakking away on his cellphone.

That's it. Stop the world, I want to get off. -.-

-The Gneech

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