Monthly Archives: May 2014

Polite Society

Just so my followers know how to behave when in public, here’s more advice from the book of ‘Lore’ I’ve been reading. This is from 1701, but every bit as applicable today: Put not thy hand in the presence of … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Yes, it’s back. Quite contrary to popular demand, my occasional little look at where some of the words and sayings we use in everyday life come from – which means that we return once more to the olden days.   … Continue reading

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Teeth

Yesterday, I cam across this nugget of valuable advice on the care of teeth, which was published in The Cottager’s Monthly Visitor of 1826 (and reproduced in Lost Lore by Una McGovern & Paul Jenner): Healthy teeth depend mainly on … Continue reading

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Haiku

Being someone with a short attention span and low boredom threshold, I’ve always been enjoyed Japanese haiku, with their Zen-like cryptic, enigmatic style. I acquired a new book of haiku recently and a couple of entries immediately caught my eye. … Continue reading

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