Sunday, 6 November 2011
Guy Fawkes Day
Hey, why didn't anyone tell me it was Guy Fawkes Day yesterday? A night o' celebration (or something) for the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1606. An attempt by Catholic anarchists to blow up British Parliament in retaliation for persecution.
Plus! Apparently it's also how the term 'guy' came to refer to any dude. The effigies of Guy Fawkes that were burned in celebration on that night were called 'guys' and were often grotesque looking. Soon any ugly looking fella was called a guy.. Then eventually just any fella.
And while i'm on that topic, i remember reading that the term 'dude' was originally a wild west term to refer to any sharply dressed man from the east. In particular if he was too sharply dressed, implying him to be a bit effeminate. I guess it was the wild west equivalent for metrosexual.
Anyway. Have a good night, all.