Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The questions to wrestle with included how the rule of life was supported by the architecture, but students also noted the practical sides of life which needed to be provided for. Kitchens and infirmaries. And dovecots, to provide a ready supply of domestic pigeons.
One student joked if a dovecot was a place to keep doves, what did that make a boycott? ...and what about apricots?
So now I know that boycott is an eponym, for Charles Boycott, an Irish land agent who was shunned for his demands during the Irish Land Wars. The tactic of refusing to use a service or good now bears his name.
And apricots get their cot from precocious, through the Latin praecocia - they ripen early.
Posted by Michelle at 9:40 PM