Today’s eagerly anticipated posting is not so much about word origins as a word meanings.
How many of my legions of married followers went for a traditional church wedding where the bride walks down the aisle?
Or at least if she did it would have looked pretty odd – since the aisles run down the sides of the church. I suppose an extremely shy bride might want to do that, but in my experience it’s not common. As an illustration, here’s a plan of St Michael’s in Linlithgow near Edinburgh.
As you’ll see, the nave is through the centre. And I like the fact that ‘Escape Routes’ are marked – everyone’s entitled to a last minute change of mind, after all.
Admittedly, referring to a bride being ‘led down the nave’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it – but only because we’re so used to ‘aisle’. How and why the ‘wrong’ term has become a fixture in our language is a mystery to me.
The challenge is on for you, my faithful followers, to find out!