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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

second-wedding-day

A reception given by newly married couples upon return from their honeymoon.
-John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889

Any excuse to par-tay...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Douglas W. Boone said...

I prefer the explanation that I once found at "octothorp.com" that it refers to eight fields meeting around a town square.

Here is a poem in my collection with all of the names for the symbol "#".

(From 10 APRIL in ANOTHER ALMANAC OF WORDS AT PLAY.)

What is the word for #?

Many offices encumber
My diurnal rounds;
Before a digit, I'm a #; 1
After digits, #; 2
In a printer's proof, a #; 3
While, if at the harp
You should pluck me from my place,
I would be a #. 4
In one game, I'm #; 5
An # on 'phones; 6
In business, I'm #, although 7
A # when in bones. 8

-- Willard R. Espy

Answers:
1 number 2 pounds 3 space 4 sharp
5 tic-tac-toe 6 octothorp 7 non-add 8 fracture

Espy, Willard R. 1980. Another Almanac of Words at Play.
New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.

11/30/06, 8:08 AM  
Blogger the scribbler said...

Ooops! This comment should have appeared with the previous post "octothorpe". Oh well, we're intelligent people here, we can figure it out!

Thanks for the poem, Douglas. I had no idea that the # symbol was used for so many things. And it's nice when I hear from poeple who actually read this thing!

11/30/06, 5:05 PM  

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