John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Orcs -- A History. And Sir Francis Drake.

The literary history of the common orc.
Oh, and elves, too.

Plus, Today's Forgotten English:

bawker
A roguish player in a bowling-alley who has confederates in the crowd.
--A.V. Judge's The Elizabethan Underworld Glossary, 1930


Late sixteenth century; it is misspelt banker.
--Eric Partridge's A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 1956


Bowling with Sir Francis Drake
Only July 19, 1588, the famous English navigator and explorer was amid a game of bowls in Plymouth Hoe when news came that the powerful 130-ship, 30,000-man Spanish armada had reached the English Channel, meaning that a battle was imminent. This sort of naval intelligence might normaly send sailors and officers alike into a panic, but Drake was unruffled and continued the game, boasting, "There is plenty of time to win this game and beat the Spaniards afterwards." True to his word, Drake managed to defeat the Spanish a few weeks later in one of the greatest naval upsets of all time. As a result, England claimed supremacy of the high seas.

Had moxie, did ol' Sir Francis. :)

-The Gneech
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