Mot du Jour
I'm far too into my cups to do more than tell you the meaning of today's word and present a new one. Forgive me, it's Monday.
FLITCH: From Old Teutonic flikkjo, a side of an animal--now only pork--that had been cured. According to records, a fourteenth-century noblewoman in the Sussex County town of Dunmow, England, attempted to encourage marital contentment by offering a prize called a Dunmow flitch to any man who would swear that for the past year he had not had a household brawl or wished himself unmarried. The flitch became a symbol of domestic happiness, but, according to local records, only eight of these prizes were awarded over the next five centuries.
Wrap your minds around MONKS AND FRIARS. Think not literal. Harry Chukkers.
by at October 18, 2004 9:05 PM