Notes and Queries spotting
|Everyone's favourite journal, of course. I love it, in particular, for the marvellous titles it trots out. And on Friday, as undergraduates failed to turn up for their initial dissertation meetings, I took to trawling through old copies, online. It started when I saw a title from the 2008 edition: Thomas Merriam, 'Shakespeare's Use of 'Holy Water' is Not Typical of Playwrights of his Time'. Brilliant. Then I started looking for others: and there is a whole world of jewels out there. Here are some of my favourites ...|
BLOWEN, 'THE BALL THAT KILLED NELSON'
HENRY H. GIBBS, "LUNCHEON"; and J. N. B., 'BOY BISHOPS'; and RULE, 'STRAWBERRY LEAVES ON DUCAL CORONETS'; and C. F. S. WARREN, 'CONCERNING SNAKES IN ICELAND', which has the subtitle, 'There are snakes in Iceland.'
A good angle is to look for what N&Q was doing at particularly resonant moments. So: as war raged in 1944, N&Q offered HIBERNICUS, 'THE DIMPLE'; and then in March 2003, as the last crusade commences: Rhona Beare, 'IS THE BARNACLE GOOSE SELFISH, AND IS IT HAROLD?'
p.s. I'm delayed on reading Stern and Palfrey: but I will to it, anon.