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2007 November 22nd, 10:23
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Of course, a lot of you are are from England, so you probably don't celebrate the day we escaped your religious persecution. And some of you are Swiss or Dutch or German, and others are Middle Eastern. So I guess I should probably just say Happy Random Thursday, [REDACTED]! :hv20-smilie70:
I didn't realize you couldn't swear in the cafe. Sorry :(
2007 November 22nd, 10:59
The folks in the US are trying to make us envious.
No deal! We have so many days off, that I am afraid you guys will go basurk (spelled right?) if I will mention them all. Most people have 3 weeks summer holiday and they also go for skying leaf in the winterdays.
One day someone from the US asked me whether we in Holland also have a fourth of July. When I say no, he asked me: "What then do you have between the 3rd and the 5th of July?"
Anyway: have a nice dy today.
2007 November 22nd, 11:47
It's "berserk." Isn't that a Norse word? Aren't Norse people from your neck of the woods? (My American public schooling on full display :P ).
2007 November 22nd, 12:42
Not sure how definitive it is, but this website (http://www.jillsfamilyancestry.co.uk/The_DNA_Starbuck_Project/Norse_Origins.html) has some interesting info..
We tend to think of Vikings as a single phenomenal race of Scandinavian
warriors, but in reality they were more complex than that. Raids on the British
Isles and the coasts of France and Spain were the work of Vikings from
Norway and Denmark (Swedish Vikings set out across the sea into Poland,
Latvia, Lithuania and Russia) The word Viking means one who lurks in a
'vik' or bay, in effect, a pirate.
But as for the Etymology of the word Berserk...
1822, introduced by Sir Walter Scott, from O.N. berserkr (n.) "raging warrior of superhuman strength," probably from *ber- "bear" + serkr "shirt," thus lit. "a warrior clothed in bearskin." The -r was O.N. masc. singular ending, mistaken for agent noun suffix. The adj. is 1867, from such phrases as go berserk.
As for Berserker (berserkr) ... That's the Norse originated term. Wikipedia has a decent article about it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserker).
But anyway.. Happy Random-Thursday-that-Americans-get-fat-and-tired-from-eating-too-much-Turkey-but-it's-ok-because-they-get-plenty-of-sleep-to-get-up-early-for-the-sales-on-Friday Day! (That has got to be the longest name of a holiday ever)
2007 November 22nd, 12:47
They also made raid in Holland. I live near a place called Wijk bij Duurstede, about 60km from the coast and the Viking raided that place as well.
2007 November 22nd, 20:03
Just had afternoon tea at the Ritz and then fish and chips for my thanksgiving feast.. hurray london.
2007 November 23rd, 13:52
Bear-shirt. I'm gonna go bear-shirt on your ass in about two seconds. That's awesome.
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