“Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.”

I have no problem admitting it. I’m a word-nerd. A glossary geek. An amateur etymologist. I’ve always enjoyed discovering new words and learning their origin. Unlocking the root parts of modern words reveals so much about its meaning and relationship to other languages.

This week I learned the word “donnybrook”. I’d never heard it before. Apparently it refers to a fracas or brawl, and refers to the annual Donnybrook Fair in Dublin; an event renowned for extreme intoxication and brawling. According to Wikipedia, the fair was banned in 1855.

Based on personal observation, the scene is re-enacted New Year’s Eve on Chippewa St in downtown Buffalo, NY. They don’t call it Amateur Night for nothing. I literally saw someone thrown through a door and onto the street.

{this post from Razzbuffnik made me look it up: Donnybrook at a carny wedding}

{quote – George Bernard Shaw}


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