Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Archaic Offices and Bad Puns

"I am a national fool now. It is the best thing a man can be." I think I like that.

England has reinstated the office of court jester after a 355-year break--er, gap. Hmm. If you ask me, it's all just an excuse for people to crank out a load of bad puns. "Has head for the job" indeed.

Also, if you want to know how the whole jester thing got started in the first place, you might be interested to know that, according to Chambers' Book of Days, "the female official fool had precedence of the male court and household jester." (Scroll down to "A Supplementary Chapter to the 'History of Court Fools.'") Hmm. I'm not sure whether to be insulted or pleased.

Note: I should have mentioned that The Book of Days, according to the people who undertook to put it online, is a "must-read for anyone aspiring to understand history as our forefathers saw it." In other words, without having delved into it much, I don't personally know how accurate any given part of it is. Probably the people who run the site could tell you that.

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