In other news, here's Today's Forgotten English.
A phrase implying that the job will be nearly finished, and tantamount to the expression, "making it look foolish." Essex.--James Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855
On this date in 1801, Britain's first census was begun. In a subsequent survey, conducted in 1881, residents were asked to furnish their "rank, profession, or occupation." Some of the more puzzling responses, as preserved by the London Genealogical Society, included:
- Maker of sand views
- Invisible net maker
- Colourist of artificial fish
- Knight of the Thimble
- Disinfector of railways
- Carrot and mangle salesman
- Boy for general purposes
- Electric bath attendant
- Count as female
- Running about
Well no wonder there was somebody running about, with all that cow-banging and fish-bending going on! What I can't figure out is how a job being nearly finished makes it look foolish.
-The Gneech, boy for general purposes