The Year of Words: Day 346 - Hex, pies and videotape.


As the year of words train moves closer to it's destination, we have a sad archaic and a late-entry, one might almost say a reluctant entry for the new word.

When words start to decline in common use (as measured on websites, publications, new media etc) dictionaries can classify the word as in decline and then rare. If it falls out of use for any length of time it can be classed as archaic.

Of course because the lists of checked sources has stopped using a word doesn't mean it's actually died out. I hope excoriate is one such example. Perhaps its a sign of the time that language is being gradually simplified (some might say dumbed down) across so many outlets that vocabularies are shrinking markedly.

A blood moon over Spain

In terms of this post's title. let's get the hex bit out of the way.

Today's new word relates to a red moon referenced in many cultures as a warning sign, a spell (or hex) cast by the devil or omen of ill fortune,

Scientifically speaking, the phenomena happens when a full lunar eclipse takes place while the moon is full. The red is a result of the atmosphere deflecting light and casting red light on the face of the moon. The appearance is even greater in areas with large amounts of sand or dust that can magnify the appearance..

Acreage deep filled mince pies.

So much for the hex then., now for the pies. I'm able to report the Bakerage can now also offer deep filled mince pies. The Mem'Sahib tasted one and promounced the filling was richer, nicer and zingier than Mr J.S Sainsbury had to offer. Praise indeed as the Sainsbury ones aren't too shabbty,.

What's more, I still have sufficient pastry left to make another batch, maybe suitable for Mr Durston's visit for our whisky tasting evening on Thursday (details will be provided later this week),

Don McLean's American Pie album

At this point I bring to your attention the latest two entries into the quinquagenary hall of amazements. As regular readers will know, this celebrates the half-centenary anniversary of notable events or items.

The first of two entries relates to an album and specifically two tracks released by Don McLean half a century ago this month.

The album being introduced is American Pie which along with the title track contained the track Vincent, more often known as Starry starry night. I have to say if you were building an item and included both those on it you'd surely think you'd done a pretty good job regardless of the other tracks,.

Joining the album American Pie is the series aired for the first time half a century ago with a pilot episode named 'Homecoming and Christmas.'

Set in the Appalachian mountains, in the fictional Jefferson County of Virginia, this pilot episode introduced us to an extended family making their way through the Great Depression and into the start of world war two.

The occupants of Waltoin's mountain first met in 1971

The family consisted of Grandma and Grandpa Walton, John and Olivia Walton (their son and daughter in law) and their children. In descending order these were John Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Ben, Erin, Jim Bob and Elizabeth. Now considered an American classic and a firm plank of many childhoods, the Waltons ran for over ten years and spawned a number of films. Though Granma,. Grandpa and John Walton are no longer with us, Olivia (Miss Miichael Learned) and all the 'children' are still held in great regard, not least in the Acreage. A worthy entry into the hall of amazements,


As a parting gift here is the second of those Don McLean tracks now in the Hall of Amazements.



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