Tuesday, September 25, 2012


the best in the World
is a smiling presence

Study the traditions
greatness is unrelenting

. . . . . .

The OED word of the day for the erasure commentary is 'martinet.'

Ever thought where that one came from? Our source is the French soldier Jean Martinet (d. 1672),  whose attention to drill and training as Inspector-General of the infantry helped to shape the regular army of Louis XIV.

Poor ol' Jean. The Oxford lads provide no insight as to how, within fifty years, his name had come to describe a rigid, merciless disciplinarian.

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