God’s hat
Posted: 15 March 2018 01:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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There are indeed some odd specimens in the long list of oaths under the entry god in OED but this one takes the biscuit.

† God’s hat int. Obs.

1569 T. Preston Lamentable Trag. Cambises D iv b Gods hat neighbour come away.

I assume the crown of thorns is referenced but I can’t erase from my mind the image of God trying on hats in a celestial hatter’s. “What’s this one look like? Does it suit me?” Mighty chorus of assent from massed ranks of seraphim and cherubin.

OK, I’ll leave quietly.

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Posted: 16 March 2018 12:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The original Easter bonnet

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Posted: 16 March 2018 05:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hey, it works for me.

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Posted: 16 March 2018 11:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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languagehat - 16 March 2018 05:04 AM

Hey, it works for me.

millinerially speaking?

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Posted: 18 March 2018 05:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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People used to say ‘Oh my hat!’ to avoid OMG! I don’t know if this is relevant.

I’ve wondered about head coverings in biblical times which they must have had to avoid sunstroke in the summer and tanning generally (darker skinned peoples were looked down on hence the ‘curse of Ham’). We don’t know because people couldn’t be depicted in Jewish art in case it led to idolatry, an idea Muslims ran with but not Christians. This is why we don’t know what lyres looked like, only probably similar Egyptian etc instruments.

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