Here’s to the Bride & Groom!

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?

Answer: none.

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.

ground-plan

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!

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About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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