History and expressions

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Ubberdorc
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History and expressions

Post by Ubberdorc » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:40 pm

I have been browsing the forums here for Pike & Shot and many of you enjoy history like myself. I have seen several people refer to "The White Company"
Which I have been listening to on Audible and I finished Sir Nigel.

I enjoy reading some of these older books because of the language and a glimpse of culture. You get a real feeling of the role the church plays and the verbal expressions used.

"By my hilt", "by my 10 finger bones" and "by the rude"

"By the rude" is an interesting one - I think I get the intent behind it but is there a deeper meaning that is lost with the passage of time?

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Re: History and expressions

Post by SnuggleBunnies » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:22 am

Maybe referring to the Holy Rood, a fragment of the True Cross?

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Re: History and expressions

Post by Ubberdorc » Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:00 am

That is possible - I did not even think of that!

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Re: History and expressions

Post by rbodleyscott » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:36 am

Not necessarily the True Cross. Any crucifix is a rood. So "By the rood!" would be "By the cross!".

Similar religious-based oaths:

"Zounds!" which is a contraction of "His Wounds!" i.e. Jesus's wounds.

And of course "Bloody", which is a contraction of "By Our Lady"
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Re: History and expressions

Post by Ubberdorc » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:16 pm

Good info!

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