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Notes and Queries, Number 39, July 27, 1850   By:

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NOTES AND QUERIES:

A MEDIUM OF INTER COMMUNICATION FOR LITERARY MEN, ARTISTS, ANTIQUARIES, GENEALOGISTS, ETC.

"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

No. 39.] SATURDAY, JULY 27, 1850 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.

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CONTENTS.

NOTES: Etymology of "Whitsuntide" and "Mass." 129 Folk Lore: Sympathetic Cures Cure for Ague Eating Snakes a Charm for growing young. 130 Long Meg of Westminster, by E.F. Rimbault. 131 A Note on Spelling, "Sanatory," "Connection." 131 Minor Notes: Pasquinade on Leo XII. Shakspeare a Brass rubber California Mayor of Misrule and Masters of the Pastimes Roland and Oliver. 131

QUERIES: The Story of the Three Men and their Bag of Money. 132 The Geometrical Foot, by A. De Morgan. 133 Minor Queries: Plurima Gemma Emmote de Hastings Boozy Grass Gradely Hats worn by Females Queries respecting Feltham's Works Eikon Basilice "Welcome the coming, speed the parting Guest" Carpets and Room paper Cotton of Finchley Wood Carving in Snow Hill Walrond Family Translations Bonny Dundee Graham of Claverhouse Franz von Sickingen Blackguard Meaning of "Pension" Stars and Stripes of the American Arms Passages from Shakspeare Nursery Rhyme "George" worn by Charles I. Family of Manning of Norfolk Salingen a Sword Cutler Billingsgate "Speak the Tongue that Shakspeare spoke" Genealogical Queries Parson, the Staffordshire Giant Unicorn in the Royal Arms The Frog and the Crow of Ennow "She ne'er with treacherous Kiss," &c. 133

REPLIES: A treatise on Equivocation. 136 Further Notes on the Derivation of the Word "News." 137 "News," "Noise," and "Parliament." 138 Shakpeare's Use of the Word "Delighted" by Rev. Dr. Kennedy and J.O. Halliwell. 139 Replies to Minor Queries: Execution of Charles I. Sir T. Herbert's Memoir of Charles I. Simon of Ghent Chevalier de Cailly Collar of Esses Hell paved with good Intentions The Plant "Hæmony" Practice of Scalping among the Scythians Scandinavian Mythology Cromwell's Estates Magor "Incidis in Scyllam" Dies Iræ Fabulous Account of the Lion Caxton's Printing Office. 140

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, Sales, &c. 142 Books and Odd Volumes Wanted. 143 Answers to Correspondents. 143

NOTES.

ETYMOLOGY OF "WHITSUNTIDE" AND "MASS".

Perhaps the following Note and Query on the much disputed origin of the word Whitsunday , as used in our Liturgy, may find a place in your Journal. None of the etymologies of this word at present in vogue is at all satisfactory. They are

I. White Sunday : and this, either

1. From the garments of white linen , in which those who were at that season admitted to the rite of holy baptism were clothed; (as typical of the spiritual purity therein obtained:) or,

2. From the glorious light of heaven, sent down from the father of Lights on the day of Pentecost: and "those vast diffusions of light and knowledge, which were then shed upon the Apostles, in order to the enlightening of the world." (Wheatley.) Or,

3. From the custom of the rich bestowing on this day all the milk of their kine, then called white meat , on the poor. (Wheatley, from Gerard Langbain.)

II. Huict Sunday : from the French, huit , eight; i.e. the eighth Sunday from Easter. (L'Estrange, Alliance Div. Off. )

III. There are others who see that neither of these explanations can stand; because the ancient mode of spelling the word was not Whit sunday, but Wit sonday (as in Wickliff), or Wite sonday (which is as old as Robert of Gloucester , c. A.D. 1270). Hence,

1. Versteran's explanation: That it is Wied Sunday, i.e. Sacred Sunday (from Saxon, wied , or wihed , a word I do not find in Bosworth's A... Continue reading book >>


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