A closed mouth gathers no feet

I thought I’d brighten your day with a few funny tidbits from the SCA Westkingdom e-list. *Grins and runs away*

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. – That antibiotic doesn’t work anymore. Here eat this root. . . .

And… to top it all off:

Historical Definitions of the word “Nice”
1.Foolish stupic senseless 1290
2. Wanton, loose-mannered; lascivious
a) of persons 1325
b) of conduct 1330
c) of dress: extravagant, flaunting 1430
d) very trim, elegant, or smart 1483
3. strange, rare, uncommon 1413
4. SLothful, lazy, indolent 1440
b) effeminate, unmanly 1573
c) not able to endure much, tender delicate 1562
d) over-refined, luxurious 1621\5. coy, shy, modest, reserved 15th c.
b) shy reluctatnt, unwilling 1560
6. “to make nice” = “to display reserve 1530
7. fastidious, dainty, difficult to please 1551
b) particular, precise, strict, careful 1584
c) fastidious in matters of literary taste 1628
d) precise or strict in matters of reputation or conduct 1647
e) refined, cultured 1603
8. requiring or involving great precision, accuracy, or minuteness 1513 9. not obvious or readily apprehended, difficult to decide or settle 1513
b) minute, subtle 1561
c) precise, exact fine 1710
10a. slender, thin 1590
b) unimportant, trivial 1592
11. critical, doubtful, full of danger or uncertainty 1596
b) delicate, needing tactful handling 1617
12a. entering minutely into details 1589
b) able to distinguish or discriminate to a high degree 1586 13. minutely or carefully accurate 1599 (The other meanings, such as “dainty, appetizing; agreeable; kind or
considerate” don’t show up until the 18th century.)

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~ by jackelopette on November 21, 2003.

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