Happy Pancakes, Tuesday!!!

Yes, I realize it’s Shrove Tuesday to all ye who be Christians, which means tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. If you don’t already know the history of Shrove Tuesday, here’s some great information I found on this web site:

The Origins of Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. As in contemporary times, food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the next forty days. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, the consumption of all fats and fatty foods on this day coined the name “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras.

Originally beginning on Sunday, Shrove Tuesday was a three-day celebration that culminated in large feasts on Tuesday night. By the beginning of the 20th century, however, the event was restricted to the Tuesday observance. Carnival became associated with Shrove Tuesday, in part from the Spring Equinox celebrations that were practiced by the Romans and the ancient tribes of Europe. The word “carnival” comes from the Latin carnem levare, meaning “to take away the flesh”. However, in the New Orleans and Rio de Janiero celebrations, public revelry and carousing have become the tradition for Carnival around the world. It was mostly as a result of the Carnival celebrations that the Church restricted the observance to a single day.

and that’s all well and good… but I’m just in it for the flapjacks 🙂

Gluten free, banana-blueberry pancakes

Gluten free, banana-blueberry pancakes

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The F-Bomb and Why I Love It

f-bombI don’t know if my children – mostly adult, btw – have ever read my blog but if you are reading this post you should probably stop now, because mama is about to swear… a lot.  Also, if you are offended by the f-bomb you should read no further, in fact, you may want to skip over my blog altogether.

Fuck

I love the word fuck because, not only is it a joyful and invigorating pastime, not to mention THE best way to procreate, but it is also an incredibly versatile word.

Wikipedia has a lovely article on the etymology of the word fuck. Although I tend to question the absolute validity of any articles on Wikipedia, this is a great starting place from an educational standpoint.

HuffPosts article by Melissa Mohr, A F*cking Short History of the F-Word, is very entertaining and helps to disseminate some of the myths of my favourite fucking word. However, in the third paragraph, Ms. Mohr states that the word fuck is not Anglo-Saxon in origin but Germanic… uhm… Anglo-Saxon = Germanic, so I don’t know what the fuck she’s talking about. You can read all about Anglo-Saxons here.

I first read the following excerpt from George Carlin’s stand up performance about 25 years ago when it was passed around from office to office via fax. Yes, you read that correctly. For all you young ‘ns (under 35), there was a time – before the interwebs – when silly jokes and pics were shared through that new fandangled technology called the facsimile machine.

George Carlin – The History And Many Uses Of The Word Fuck

Perhaps one of the most interesting words in the English language today, is the word fuck. Out of all of the English words which begin with the letter F, fuck is the only word referred to as the “F” word, it’s the one magical word. Fuck as most words in the English language, derived from German, the word “fricken[?]”, which means to strike.

In English, fuck falls into many grammatical categories:

  • As a transitive verb, for instance – John fucked Shirley.
  • As an intransitive verb – Shirley fucks.

It’s meaning is not always sexual; it can be used:

  • as an adjective – John’s doing all the fucking work
  • as part of an adverb – Shirley talks too fucking much
  • as an adverb enhancing an adjective – Shirley is fucking beautiful
  • as a noun – I don’t give a fuck
  • as part of a word absofuckinglutely, or infuckingcredible
  • and, as almost every word in the sentence – fuck the fucking fuckers

As you must realize, there aren’t too many words with the versatility of fuck, as in these examples describing situations such as:

  • Fraud – I got fucked at the used car lot
  • Dismay – Aw fuck it
  • Trouble – I guess I’m really fucked now
  • Aggression – Don’t fuck with me buddy
  • Difficulty – I don’t understand this fucking question
  • Inquiry – Who the fuck was that?
  • Dissatisfaction – I don’t like what the fuck is going on here
  • Incompetence – He’s a fuck-up
  • Dismissal – Why don’t you go outside and play hide-and-go-fuck yourself?

I’m sure you can think of many more examples. With all these multi-purpose applications, how can anyone be offended when you use the word? We say, use this unique, flexible word more often in your daily speech. It will identify the quality of your character immediately. Say it loudly, and proudly!

Fuck you!

Anyone who knows who the late, great George Carlin was, knows that he had a penchant for the f-bomb. This link will take you to a YouTube compilation video of (all/most?) Mr. Carlin’s uses of the word fuck in some of his more memorable stage performances. This is 10 of the funniest fucking minutes of video I have ever seen, and that’s mostly because after about three and a half minutes of watching a YouTube video I’m bored out of my fucking mind…  Not so much with this one.

I hope you continue to rest in peace, Mr. Carlin; you were one funny mother-fucker

George Carlin