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Under the cut, some of the pictures of our New Year's Day Walk.

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Childless weekend meant fun for grown-ups: a party on Friday, Iron Man 3 on Saturday and time to do some work for school. I'd promised myself to resume posting holiday pictures only after I had made progress on my to do list. (It's still full, but I've got several important things done.)

So, that's why you had a bit of break in my Mallorca spamming.

Here's more: )
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Did anyone else watch Defiance last night? It got a near-simultaneous start in several parts of the world thanks to SyFy. I caught the last twenty minutes or so and thought it was rather predictable. It felt like a very American narrative to me (circle the wagons and all that).

Of saintly men and palm trees: )

Holiday.

Mar. 29th, 2013 08:12 pm
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So, why Good Friday?

The online etymology dictionary says it's from good meaning holy in Middle English.

German wikipedia claims it's all Martin Luther's fault, but don't provide a source. I remain unconvinced especially as Germans call the day Karfreitag and not Guter Freitag, not even as an unoffical title.
I grew up Protestant, though I'm not an expert on all things Luther, but there is a tendency to attribute word usage to him, because his translation of the Bible was so groundbreaking and thus a first source for many expressions.

A quick internet search has given me the following quotation from Dr. Martin Luther̓s sämmtliche Werke: Homiletische und katechetische Schriften

"Wer den stillen Freitag und den Ostertag nicht hat, hat keinen guten Tag im Jahr"

a rough translation of which would be

Those who don't have the quiet Friday and the day of Easter, do not have a good day in the year.

This reminds me of the joke about what to do with 360 used condoms (the punchline involves the name of a famous tire manufacturer) but it is definitely not evidence for Martin Luther coming up with Guter Freitag. Quiet Friday maybe, but that hasn't caught on much either.

Google books gave me this which has pre-Luther quotations and also says that there was similar usage in the north of France from the 13th century onwards. Thank you, Christiane Wanzeck and your book "Zur Etymologie Lexikalisierter Farbwortverbindungen: Untersuchungen Anhand Der Farben Rot, Gelb, Grün und Blau". Apparently that whole week used to be called "Good" as was every single day.

So, definitely not Luther.

And with this not so fascinating fact I'll leave you and return to my marking pile!
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Tim pokes Alex with a pushpin/thumbtack liberated from the notice board. Alex is outraged: "You fat old Jew." That's the best he can come up with. There's silence for a short moment. And here the lesson stopped. )
Then we compared the answers for the grammar exercise.
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In a way this is pointless, because I should just direct you to a website that shows you the same and more statues without the netting and in better quality. (All the pictures there can be enlarged by a click and there's more to see if you follow the links next to the picture of Mary with the baby Jesus.)

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