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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Thing To Do Today - girn.

To celebrate the Treaty of Amiens in 1802 there was a fair on one of the commons near where I live in Hertfordshire, England.

One of the star attractions was a girning-through-a-horse-collar competition.

And, actually, I wish I'd been there.

Thing To Do Today: girn. To girn means to pull a funny face. You don't need a horse's collar.
The thing about your face being stuck like that if the wind changes isn't true, either.
At least, I don't think so...

Girn: this word is a very old form of the word grin. It's from the Old English word grennian, and before that from the Old High German grennen to snarl, and the Old Norse grenja, to howl.

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