Saturday Chores #8, Saturday, July 26, 2014
Their sign says “Babies are Murdered Here.”
George Takei is into it.
Follow! Great counter protest
Next American human spaceship - Orion is 6 months from 1st launch. Readying in Florida.
Just near a little place I know!
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Tawdry means “cheap and gaudy in appearance.” Its story begins with a 7th-century queen Æthelthryth who renounced her royal life and became a saintly abbess.
Suffering from a fatal condition that included a swelling in her throat, the dying abbess attributed that symptom to God’s punishment for her onetime fondness for necklaces.
After her death, the abbess became Saint Audrey, and her shrine became a popular site for English pilgrims. At an annual fair in her honor, all sorts of cheap knickknacks and jewelry were sold, including a type of necklace called Saint Audrey’s lace.
By the 17th century, St. Audrey’s lace had become tawdry lace. Tawdry came to be applied to other cheap goods sold at these fairs – and from there to other tastelessly showy things.
image: Saint Etheldreda’s statue in Ely Cathedral
Love the evolution of language!
When angry taxpayers liken the Internal Revenue Service to “vultures,” they’re actually making a deep linguistic connection.
During the Middle Ages, English officials would charge a tax on non-resident merchants who sold goods on the streets. This duty was known as a scavage (after a Middle French word meaning “to inspect”); the tax-collectors were scavagers.
Over time, those scavagers expanded their duties to cleaning the streets of dirt and debris. Scavager became scavenger.
image: Marinus Van Reymerswaele, The Tax Collectors, c. 1540s
In the future, will our technologies help stabilize our planet and population, leading to a very long lifetime for us? Or will we destroy our world and its inhabitants, after only a brief appearance on the cosmic stage?
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