John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Dumb Headlines

So when logging in to check my e-mail, I see the following set of headlines:

When stars buy real estate

Man shoots himself in groin

Increase your sex appeal

I just hope that's three seperate stories. 0.o

In other news, here's yesterday's Forgotten English...

Conventionalism; prudery ... after a character -- Mrs. Grundy, an imaginary censor of public and private morals -- in Thomas Morton's Speed the Plough (1798) ... a standard of propriety.
--Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922

Birthday of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863),
English novelist and satarist, who attempted to break the shackles of Victorian priggishness. William Walsh's Book of Literary Curiosities (1900) described the origins of a literary movement known as the Erotic School, with which Thackeray was affiliated: "A name applied (circa 1888) by American newspaper critics to a group of writers who consciously or unconsciously rebelled against the rigid conventionalities established by the Mrs. Grundys of literature. Such rebellion had already taken formal shape in the poems and novels of the Fleshly School and its successors. That school was a practical endorsement of the protest made by Thackeray, and after him Henry James, by Ouija, and by others that art was foolishly fettered."

Wow, I didn't even know they KNEW the word "erotic" back then! ;)

-The Gneech
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