[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, Feb 25

Julie Self julie_self at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 25 07:52:34 PST 2002

Thanks!  The belief in not bathing was one of the reasons that fine ladies
wore pomanders, fruit studded with cloves and rolled in crushed spices,
suspended on a cord, underneath their skirts.  Can you imagine how many
smells there must have been?  UGH!

>From: "Sonja Crocker" <lady_cait at lycos.com>
>Reply-To: loch-ruadh at ansteorra.org
>To: loch-ruadh at ansteorra.org
>Subject: [Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, Feb 25
>Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 07:15:55 -0800
>A piece of bread eaten immediately after bathing.
>--Alexander Warrack's Scots Dialect Dictionary, 1911
>[From] chitter, to shiver; to tremble.  Hence, boys are wont to call that
>bit of bread, which they preserve for eating after bathing, a
>--John Janieson's Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808
>Death of Dr. William Buchan (1729-1805)
>Born in Roxburgshire, Scotland, Buchan attended to a thriving medical
>practice on Bedford Square, London, until his death at age seventy-six,
>when he was interred in the cloister of Westminster Abbey.  His bestseller,
>Domestic Medicine (1769), went through nineteen editions, eventually
>selling more than 80,000 copies.  In it, the good doctor convinced many
>readers of the folly of bathing; perspiration, he argued, was a potent germ
>inhibitor.  This belief held up during most of the Victorian era,
>particularly in English-speaking countries and Western Europe.
>Purim (begins at sunset)
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