Big 8 in the sky.
Hot dry winds today. Probably cooler tomorrow, as September steps in.
Essays. Meanderings and mutterings. Lots of photos of our cat. Counting coup on fifty years existence.
Finger (O.E. finger). the old names for the fingers are: -
O.E. thuma, the thumb.
Towcher (the finger that touches), foreman, or pointer. This was called by the Anglo-Saxons the scite-finger, i.e. the shooting finger, and is now commonly known as the index finger, because it is the one used in pointing.
Long-man or long finger.
Lech-man or ring finger. The former means "medical finger," and the latter is a Roman expression, "digitis annularis." Called by the Anglo-Saxons the gold-finger. This finger between the long and little finger was used by the Romans as a ring-finger, from the belief that a nerve ran through it to the heart. Hence the Greeks and Romans used to call it medical finger, and used it for stirring mixtures, under the notion that nothing noxious could touch it without its giving instant warning to the heart. It is still a general notion in parts of England that it is bad to rub salve or scratch the skin with any but the ring finger.
At last he put on her medical finger a pretty, handsome gold ring, whereinto was enchased a precious toadstone of Beausse, - RABELAIS: Pantagruel, III,xviii.
Little-man or little finger. Called by the Anglo-Saxons the ear-finger, because it can, from its diminutive size, be most easily introduced into the orifice of the ear.
The fingers each had their special significance in alchemy, and Ben Jonson says -
The thumb, in chriomancy, we give to Venus;
The fore-finger to Jove; the midst to Saturn;
The ring to Sol; the least to Mercury.
Husband. The word is from O.E. hus, house, and Old Norse bondi, a freeholder or yeoman, from bua, to dwell; hence, the word is literally, a house-owner in his capacity as head of the household, and so came to be applied to a man joined to a woman in marriage, who was, naturally, the head of his household. When Sir John Paston, writing to his mother in 1475, said -
I purpose to leeffe alle heer, and come home to you and be your hisbonde and balyff,
he was proposing to come and manage her household for her. We use the word in the same sense in such phrases as To husband one's resources.
Similarly a ship's husband is an official responsible for seeing that all the equipment, etc., necessary for going to sea is placed on board a ship before sailing, that all the regulations relating to the voyage are fulfilled, and that the captain is sufficiently furnished with money, etc., for carrying on business when in foreign or other ports.
Labels: Pathetic poetry.
Brasenose College (braz' noz)* (Oxford). Over the gate is a brass nose, the arms of the college; but the word is a corruption of the brasehuis, a brasserie or brewhouse, the college having been built on the site of an ancient brewery. For over 550 years the original nose was at Stamford, for in the time of Edward III the students, in search of religious liberty, migrated thither, taking the brazen nose with them. They were soon recalled, but the nose remained on their Stamford gateway till 1890 when, the property coming into the market, it was acquired by the College.
5-year-old child towed away in mother's unattended car
August 6th, 2011 @ 5:27pm
SOUTH JORDAN -- A 5-year-old boy was fast asleep as a tow truck removed the car he was in.
According to the South Jordan Police Department, the boy was sleeping in the family's SUV while his mother was away for several minutes. Before the mother returned, the SUV was towed away around 1 a.m.
When she came out, her car and child were gone because her vehicle was parked illegally in a handicap parking stall.
"I've never seen this in the 10 years I've been in law enforcement," said Sgt. Eric Anderson of the South Jordan Police Department. "A child is pretty precious and for someone to leave their child in the back of a vehicle unattended, regardless if it is five minutes or more."
Authorities said the tow truck driver never saw the child.
Officers will continue to investigate the events of the night. Possible charges may be raised against the mother for leaving her child unattended.