The Pattern Still Remains

Jul 28

Fire Glass Crystals at Spanish Cuisine.

Fire Glass Crystals at Spanish Cuisine.

“A scholar’s ink lasts longer than a martyr’s blood.” — Irish Proverbs by Karen Bailey, 1986.

“You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” — Irish Proverbs by Karen Bailey, 1986.

“Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.” — Irish Proverbs by Karen Bailey, 1986.

Jul 26

Walks Round Cambridge at Animals in Cambridge

Walks Round Cambridge at Animals in Cambridge

Snob

When commoners registered for Cambridge University it was necessary for them to place sine nobilitate, without nobility, after their names.  This was shortened to s. nob. and soon became “snob,” a pretender to position.

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Jul 25

Soft pretzel at Tom Bergin’s Tavern at L.A. Weekly

Soft pretzel at Tom Bergin’s Tavern at L.A. Weekly

Tire & Attire

An automobile tire is so named because in the early days it was considered “attire” or covering for a wheel.

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Judas spilling salt. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, 1498.  

Judas spilling salt. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, 1498.  

Salt-Spilling

The superstition which attaches to the spilling of salt as bad luck seems to come from the painting of the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, in which Judas is depicted as spilling salt on the table.

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Russian Roulette

Soldiers in the Russian army started it when they became bored with service on some far-flung frontier where nothing ever happened.  After a wave of “suicides” Russian intelligence officers tracked down the cause and from then on a soldier playing this game was open to court martial on the only charge brass hats could figure out - “wasting ammunition.”

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Pretzels & Prayers

A monk in the year 610 A.D. made the first pretzel to give to the youngsters when they learned to say their prayers correctly.  He designed the twist peculiar alone to the pretzel to represent arms folded in the attitude of prayer. In Latin he called it pretiola, meaning “little gift.”

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Jul 24

Burlap Coffee Sacks at Gather.

Burlap Coffee Sacks at Gather.

Kissing & Wine Tasting

Among the ancient Romans matrons and virgins, the use of wine was unknown and the women were taxed with immodesty whose breath smelled of the grape.   Pliny tells us that Cato was of the opinion that kissing first began between kinsmen and kinswomen, that they might know whether their wives, daughters or nieces had tasted of wine.

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.

Hokum

This is a happy combination of hocus and bunkum and means “a sentimental or melodramatic device for attracting attention, stimulating emotion, or winning support” - often for a questionable proposition.

Complete Speaker’s And Toastmaster’s Library by Jacob M. Braude, 1965.