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Wit & Hair

"He hath the wit to lose his hair."

This is probably an allusion to the consequences of syphilis. Dr. Johnson noted: ‘those who have more hair than wit are easily entrapped by loose women, and suffer the consequences of lewdness, one of which, in the first appearance of the disease in Europe, was the loss of hair.’

The Annotated Shakespeare by A.L. Rowse, 1978.

“Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang,
Der bleibt ein Narr sein Leben lang.”

– Who loves not woman, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long. Martin Luther. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 1941.

“Others have been made fools of by the girls; but this can never be the truth said of me. I most emphatically, in this instance, made a fool of myself.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.

General Precedence of Women

  1. queen dowager
  2. princess of Wales
  3. daughters of the sovereign
  4. wives of the sovereign’s younger sons
  5. granddaughters of the sovereign
  6. wives of the sovereign’s grandsons
  7. sisters of the sovereign
  8. wives of the sovereign’s brothers
  9. aunts of the sovereign
  10. wives of the sovereign’s uncles

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910. From All There Is to Know by Alexander Coleman, 1994.


Hlonipha is a special form of Zulu which is traditionally only spoken by married women. It is a so-called avoidance language, as women have to avoid using words that sound like the names of any of their close male relatives. Forms of hlonipha are also found in related Nguni languages.

One Thousand Languages, edited by Peter K. Austin, 2008.

“I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women, but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied to the women of America, it would not do them justice. God bless the women of America.”

– Abraham Lincoln. Toasts by Paul Dickson, 1991.


The Amazons are said to have been the descendants of Scythians inhabiting Cappadocia, when their husbands, having made incursions, were all slain, being surprised in ambuscade by their enemies. Their widows, excited to action by the sorrows they underwent on account of their husbands, resolved to form a female state, and having firmly established themselves, they decreed that matrimony was a shameful servitude. They were constantly engaged in wars.

The Corner Cupboard of Facts for Everybody by Robert Kemp Philip, 1859.

Indoor Exercise

Really the best indoor exercise for developing a graceful bearing, and for diffusing its healthful influence over the whole frame, is that of throwing balls dexterously, according to any of the contrivances of fancy. Persons who become expert in this practice may throw from one to eight balls with astonishing dexterity, the exercise being sufficiently stimulating to encourage its frequent repetition; quickening the eye, and imparting a healthful vigour to every muscle of the system.

The Corner Cupboard of Facts for Everybody by Robert Kemp Philip, 1859.