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1124541.  Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:54 pm Reply with quote

That's true, but Seyer was a pretty well respected historian of his time. And I supposed if anyone's going to dig up an obscure 13th century Bristolian lost to history, it's as likely to be an 18th century Bristol historian as anyone.

Like I say, I don't believe it though.

1124542.  Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:01 pm Reply with quote

I dunno if this link will work, but it's p138 of Memoirs historical and topographical of Bristol and it's neighbourhood; from the earliest period down to the present time by Samuel Seyer;view=1up;seq=742

It's where Sayer mentions Thomas Blanket, he gives sources, but god knows if they're made up. According to biogs I read he sometimes struggled to get access to sources that he wanted...

1124572.  Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:47 pm Reply with quote

The link works, but all I can get out of the text is really that there was a man named Thomas Blanket who happened to work in the cloth industry. Given that Blanket, Blanchet, Blanchett and Blanquett have survived as surnames into the modern era (at least to the 1800s-1900s), I won't call that conclusive evidence.

He writes "In the year 1356 the King wished to consult the merchants..." and refers to the Rolls of Parliament, but as far as I can tell, there were no Rolls of Parliament in '56, at least not anyone that's made it to the modern, digital era. His footnote says "probably" and I assume that is doubt over the year, but the whole thing is a bit confusing to me. I'm not used to reading/researching these things, though.

1211240.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:24 am Reply with quote

On the subject of blankets, I have a Q. Only loosely related but I'm new to the forum so struggling to find 'appropriate' thread (if point actually merits posting) ---
What is the difference between COMFY and COMFORTABLE? is comfy just colloquial (and therefore probably more in the spirit of being comfortable tbh...!)?

p.s. Apparently 'As a noun comfortable is (US) a stuffed or quilted coverlet for a bed; a comforter.'

1211246.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:30 am Reply with quote

Hi AliceT.

Comfy is indeed short for comfortable. In my view, chairs etc can be comfy. I have never heard of a person who is comfy; in that case comfortable will be used.
But hey - I'm a bloody foreigner so could be wrong anyway.

1211256.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:08 am Reply with quote

"Are you comfy?"
"Yes, I'm comfy."

Sounds fine to me.

Never heard of "a comfy" being a noun, only adjective.

1211260.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:02 pm Reply with quote

A comforter (noun) is a bed cover in the US, but it's never called a comfortable (adjective), though it may indeed be comfortable on a cold night.

1211279.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:36 pm Reply with quote

I understand that the word 'duvet' is not used much in the US.

1211287.  Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:57 pm Reply with quote

It's used and indeed we have just bought one of the kids one for their Christmas. Comforter is just much more common.

Stefan Linnemann
1211320.  Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:35 am Reply with quote

Wanna security blanket.

1211343.  Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:00 pm Reply with quote

US duvets, comforters and blankets.
Shoulda woulda coulda
1247048.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:45 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
To widespread delight and astonishment, eggshaped revealed on Twitter that the original meaning of the word pixilated is 'led astray by the pixies'.

The OED derives it from pixie-lated (ie 'pixified') and defines it as meaning 'mildly insane; fey; whimsical; bewildered; confused; intoxicated; tipsy'.

Strangely, no one knows where the word 'pixie' itself comes from.

It first appeared in print in Devon is about 1630, closely followed (in 1659) by pixy-led.

The word pixilated isn't found in print until 1848 (as 'pix-e-lated').

The word pixel - meaning one of the little dots on a TV screen is of course much more recent. It's a slangy abbreviation for 'picture element' and first made print in Science magazine in 1969.

The commonest modern meaning of 'pixilated' (or, perhaps more logically, 'pixelated') describes that 'zoomed-in' look on a TV screen where individual pixels (whether accidentally or for effect) are visible. Oddly enough, the OED doesn't cite this meaning at all, which just goes to show that even they aren't right about everything all of the time.

Apart from the meaning given above, the OED defines 'pixilated' as 'Of an actor, having movements animated by the pixilation technique'.

Pixilation (1947) is given as meaning 'A technique used in theatrical or cinematographic productions, whereby human characters move or appear to move as if artificially produced'.

Apparently, this rather specialized effect is achieved with a stop-frame camera.

In fact the stop-motion technique can be directly related to the original meaning of the term. In the 1950s a short American experimental film called 'Neighbors' was released whose human cast moved via stop-motion. One of the actors coined the word 'pixilation' to describe the technique, meaning movement similar to pixies i.e. 'mad' or 'zany'.
1247049.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:55 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Other candidates suggested by qikipedia followers in date order, include:

JFK (assassinated, 1963)
Lee Harvey Oswald (ditto)
Donald Campbell (powerboat crash, 1967)
Christine Chubbuck (US newsanchor, suicide, 1974)
Ayrton Senna (Brazilian Grand Prix Driver, car crash, 1994)
Owen Hart (Canadian wrestler, fell from rafters in stadium, 1999)
Dale Earnhardt (US Nascar driver, crash, 2001)
Marc-Vivien Fo (Cameroonian footballer, heart attack, 2003 died in hosp later)
Benazir Bhutto (assassinated, 2007)
MN Vijayan (Indian professor, heart attack, 3 Oct 2007)
Fernando Castro (Colombian Congressman, heart attack, 7 May 2008)

The last two answers were particularly close to the mark.

Don't forget the murder of Japanese socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma. He was stabbed to death live on Japanese TV on 12 October 1960 by a youth carrying a traditional sword.

Stefan Linnemann
1247054.  Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:07 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
So Anna and I have been arguing about this for a few weeks. I'm a wizened of cynic and so, of course, think it's untrue. She thinks the OED may be being a bit cautious.

I think her point is that while there was a word blanket, it referred to any white cloth, the modern meaning of the word blanket was taken from this by a guy who was known locally as Mr Blanket due to his association with the cloth.

We've been able to trace it back to a Bristolian historian called Samuel Seyer (1757-1831) but no further.

My point is when an etymology sounds too good to be true it almost always is.

That's rather a blanket statement.

(Only just noticed the quoted post. Sorry. Naughty step, I know...)

1304787.  Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:49 am Reply with quote


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