[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, Feb. 18

Sonja Crocker sonja_crocker at usa.com
Mon Feb 18 09:56:48 PST 2002


Persons so called from the practice of jumping during the time allotted for religious worship.  This singular practice began, it is said, in the western part of Wales, about the year 1760....Several of the more zealous itinerant preachers encouraged the people to cry out gogoniant, the Welsh word for glory, to put themselves in violent agitations, and finally to jump until they were quite exhausted, so as often to be obliged to fall down on the floor or field, where this kind of worship was held.
--Rev. Charles Buch's Theological Dictionary, 1835

On this date in 1678, John Bunyan published his magnum opus, Piglrim's Progress, portions of which-including this comment on the ironies of life-were written during a brief prison stretch he served for "unlicensed preaching":
    Some things are of that nature as to make
    One's fancy chuckle, while his heart
    doth ache.


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