This blog has been on the dark side lately, so here is is an etymological examination of some hackneyed phrases that most people utter without a second thought. What the hell does that mean?! never crosses their mind. Today, Lucy Ferriss disabuses you of that thoughtlessness. Come to find out, those phrases do have meaning. If this is (fair & balanced) study of the history of words, so be it.
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Chewing Some Olde Fat
By Lucy Ferriss
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I write during the summers at a house overlooking Excalibur Lake, just off Sir Walter Court and Lady of the Lake Circle. We pick up our milk at the Sherwood Shoppe. You get the idea. So it felt apropos to receive an e-mail from my Pakistani friend Aslam Khan detailing in part what he referred to as “some olde English history”:
I don’t know if all these etymologies hold up. I welcome emendations from readers. But I get a peculiar charge out of sitting here in Merrye Olde Sherwood Forest (otherwise known as western Massachusetts) and receiving these bits of linguistic lore from a friend in another former British colony, half a world away. Ω
[Lucy Ferriss is the author of nine books, mostly fiction. Her novel The Lost Daughter (2012) is a Book-of-the-Month pick. Her memoir Unveiling the Prophet: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Debutante (2005) was called Best Book of the Year by the Riverfront Times; her novel Nerves of the Heart (2002) was a finalist in the Peter Taylor Prize competition; her collection Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories was the 2000 winner of the Mid-List First Series Award. Other short fiction and essays have appeared most recently in the New York Times, Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Georgia Review, and have received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Faulkner Society, the Fulbright Commission, and the George Bennett Fund, among others, She received her B.A. from Pomona College, an M.A. from San Francisco State University, and another M.A. plus a Ph.D. from Tufts University Ferriss is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College (CT).]
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