Post by Cindy Hamilton Post by Michael Trew
Sarcasm to make a point. Can work well, but evidently id did not here.
"An inability to understand sarcasm may be an early warning sign of brain disease."
That might describe a few folks here.
OTOH, it's much easier to discern sarcasm in real life than on a text-only
medium like Usenet. There's no tone of voice, facial expression, or body
That is very true, and a valid point. I'd like to think that everyone
here would be more pleasant to talk to in person.
*Except* for Janet UK, lol...
In olden times such a common scold and backbiter as she would have been "dunked",
or even boiled in oil...
At the least, she should be forced to sit on a cucking stool - could YOU build
one, Michael...??? ;-)
[ This would be also quite suitable for Hillary Clintoon, Nancy Pelosi, or most ANY
female US democ__RAT__ elected official, LOL... ]
Cucking stools or ducking stools were chairs formerly used for punishment
of disorderly women, scolds, and dishonest tradesmen in England, Scotland, and elsewhere.
The cucking-stool was a form of wymen pine, or "women's punishment," as referred to in
Langland's Piers Plowman (1378). They were instruments of public humiliation
and censure both primarily for the offense of scolding or backbiting ..
A ballad, dating from about 1615, called "The Cucking of a Scold", illustrates
the punishment inflicted to women whose behaviour made them be identified
as "a Scold":
Then was the Scold herself,
In a wheelbarrow brought,
Stripped naked to the smock,
As in that case she ought:
Neats tongues about her neck
Were hung in open show;
And thus unto the cucking stool
This famous scold did go.
Now, if one cucking-stool was for each scold,
Some towns, I fear, would not their numbers hold.
In medieval times until the early 18th century, ducking was a way used to
establish whether a suspect was a witch. The ducking stools were first
used for this purpose but ducking was later inflicted without the chair. In this
instance the subject's right thumb was bound to her left big toe. A rope was
tied around the waist of the accused and she was thrown into a river or deep
pond. If she floated, it was deemed that she was in league with the devil,
rejecting the baptismal water. If she sank, she was "cleared. And dead..."