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okay, here's a question... since we're talking about anachronisms in language

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okay, here's a question... since we're talking about anachronisms in language [In reply to] Can't Post

What is up with the phrase, "nine days wonder" (used at the end of the TH).

I just about fell over when I read TH again as an adult (after 30 years) and came across that phrase because I knew it in connection with William Kempe (died 1603), the Shakespearean actor and Morris dancer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kempe

"In February and March 1600, he undertook what he would later call his "Nine Days Wonder", in which he morris danced from London to Norwich (a distance of over a hundred miles) in a journey which took him nine days spread over several weeks, often amid cheering crowds."

A friend of mine had just traveled to England to dance with a bunch of people recreating the event. There's also a children's book (which I own) recounting Kempe's adventure with the name, "Nine Days Wonder".

A few years back, I tried to track down the origin of the phrase on the internet and wasn't very successful. Perhaps if I tried again today, more info would be out there.

But does anyone know - has this been discussed - where the phrase originates and if it presents the same sort of anachronism as football and post office?


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(This post was edited by Magpie on Feb 13 2013, 2:44pm)

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Tolkien Notes: Intro, Language, and flaws in The Hobbit Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 11 2013, 1:03am
    Flaws in The Hobbit dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 11 2013, 1:41am
        Oh dear... Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 11 2013, 3:28am
            Hmm? Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Feb 11 2013, 4:06am
            No, no, not you! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 11 2013, 1:43pm
                I think Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:24am
                    Ah, language.... Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Feb 13 2013, 7:58am
                        I understand Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 3:11pm
    The Hobbit was written for Tolkien's children. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 11 2013, 2:19am
        I don't think I explained it properly Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 11 2013, 3:15am
            It *had* to be the same universe as LotR Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 11 2013, 4:04am
            I believe also, if i am not mistaken, silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 11 2013, 5:38am
    Long live The Hobbit Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Feb 11 2013, 3:21am
        Nope Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:35am
    Further to dernwyn's comments SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Feb 11 2013, 4:02am
        She is absolutely open to new ideas Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:03am
    in regards to replies in this thread... Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 11 2013, 5:10am
        Thank you, M Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:46am
    I feel safe in saying demnation Send a private message to demnation Feb 11 2013, 6:46am
        I was actually under that impression, as well Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:05am
    A few comments sador Send a private message to sador Feb 11 2013, 2:50pm
        I love Tom Shippey! Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 3:53am
            Good for you! sador Send a private message to sador Feb 13 2013, 5:18pm
    And there is more... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 11 2013, 4:51pm
        Wow! Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 3:32am
    This Great Fun IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 11 2013, 7:50pm
        Thank you! Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 3:24am
    Excited to follow your class! Menelwyn Send a private message to Menelwyn Feb 11 2013, 9:27pm
        Good to see you here :) Laerasėa Send a private message to Laerasėa Feb 13 2013, 4:49am
    Laerasea my dear, silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Feb 12 2013, 3:18am
    I find more flaws in LOTR than in TH. // macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 13 2013, 10:28am
        I know you do. :-) Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 13 2013, 2:35pm
        Well, even Tolkien, himself, had issues with 'The Hobbit'. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 13 2013, 3:44pm
            I am aware of this macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 14 2013, 12:43pm
                But those first few chapters are so good! imin Send a private message to imin Feb 14 2013, 12:53pm
                Which problems with LotR really bother you? Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 14 2013, 12:53pm
                    It's hard to put it to words macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 14 2013, 12:58pm
                        Well, I can see where an inablility to relate to the main character could be a problem. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 14 2013, 1:07pm
                On the Other Hand IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 14 2013, 4:51pm
    okay, here's a question... since we're talking about anachronisms in language Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Feb 13 2013, 2:41pm
    To lapse or not to lapse? That's a question? ;) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 14 2013, 3:49am

 
 
 

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