Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”

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Word for the Day…surrounded by my furfamily

This is one of my personal favs. Quite often while I’m laying on the sofa watching TV, the kitties will pile onto my feet and tummy, leaving me immobile and I’ll ask my hubby to hand me something from the kitchen because I’m “ensconced in cats”.

ensconce (transitive verb) [en-SKONS]

1. to fix firmly

Used in a sentence: “Kevin would ensconce himself on the living room couch for weeks whenever new editions of his favorite video games were released.”

Quote from Shakespeare:
“…and yet you, rogue, will ensconce your rags, your cat-a-mountain looks, your red-lattice phrases, and your bold-beating oaths, under the shelter of your honour!”

By William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (1602).

Etymology: From approximately 1590; from ‘en-‘ (to put in) + ‘sconce’ (small fortification); probably from the Dutch, ‘schans’: earthwork.

Let’s not mince words here…

Weasel Words…ambiguous or quibbling speech

The expression refers to words that are added to make a statement sound more legitimate and impressive but which are in fact unsubstantiated and meaningless. Examples of weasel words are ‘people say that…’, ‘studies show that…’, ‘up to 50% or more…’.

It has long been a widespread belief that weasels suck the yolks from bird’s eggs, leaving only the empty shell. This belief is the basis of the term ‘weasel words’, used to describe statements that have had the life sucked out of them.

Whether or not they actually suck eggs, Shakespeare and his contemporaries believed they did. The Bard didn’t coin the expression ‘weasel words’, but he came very close, when he made two references to the supposed habits of weasels:

The weazel Scot Comes sneaking, and so sucks the princoly egg. – Henry V, 1598

I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a weazel sucks eggs. – As You Like It, 1600

Check out the entire citation at:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/weasel-words.html

Energetically, Diane Tegarden

Quote of the day…by Shakespeare

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”-William Shakespeare

For a bio go to: http://www.referencecenter.com/ref/reference/Shakespe/William_Shakespeare?invocationType=ar1clk&flv=1

Energetically, Diane Tegarden