Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wordy Wednesday- and- Mystery Birthday!



Wordy Wednesday is about the extraordinarily strange, difficult, no longer used or never-even-heard-of words found in Plaidy novels…

Today, rather than post some of these I just wanted to ask your opinion on 2 (of the many) that I found in My Enemy the Queen.

Dysentery;
I did not know that this was used to refer to severe diarrhea(sorry)…even after having had a few children. Just wondering if this is now a medical term- or if it’s even used nowadays…

Also, I haven’t been able to find a definition for this one: Noble Impe. Anyone have any idea? It’s on page 295.

NOW- Back to having some fun…

On this WORDY WEDNESDAY Can you guess the Birthday Boy WHO had a WINNING –WORTHY WAY WITH WORDS?




6 comments:

  1. The word dystentery still seems to be in use in the medical word, though looks like it is mostly common where there is poor sanitation. Salmonella poisoning is a cause of the disease.

    A photo of the effigy of Robert Dudley (the younger) can be found here: http://www.churchmonumentssociety.org/newfile42.htm near the bottom of the page. I'm guessing Noble Impe means small and of the nobility?

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  2. Poor sanitation and salmonella seem like reason and probable causes for people dying of that...

    I kind of thought it might be short for Imperial..but then how?

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  3. I am not sure the actual connotation of it, I don't see where it shows a 'definition' of it.
    I did find this interesting tidbit in a google books result though: Notes and queries book Interesting indeed. And if only he had lived!What a legacy!

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  4. Oh and as far as the birthday is concerned, no clue, would be nice to know what era you are picking from and if it is Plaidy Related? More hints please!
    I found these guys had a birthday 6/24 though and I never hear of them:
    1542 Juan de la Cruz, [de Yepes], Spanish Carmelet/poet/saint
    1590 Samuel Ampzing, poet, Taelbericht der Netherlands Spellinge
    1916 John Ciardi, poet and critic, translated Dante

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  5. Thanks to Lizzy of Historically obsessed I now see that it is Robert Dudley's Birthday that you are speaking of. Winning way of words really threw me.

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  6. Hey Marie...I was afraid of giving it away! But I thought that those reading My Enemy the Queen would probably pick it off:) But, let's face it, Dudley really did have a 'winning way with words' when it came to the Queen...she would have forgiven him anything!

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