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Grace. [Dec. 7th, 2006|12:49 pm]

I was just skimming a post on Language Log which mentioned how archaisms persist in ritual speech. This reminded me of the “grace” we used to be made to say en masse before lunch at primary school:

“Forward, gem and treacy,
Make us all, make us eat our food.
Full, Amen.”

Much more interesting, I think, than the official version:

“For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen.”

I seem to remember that I thought “gem and treacy” was some sort of pudding.

From: taimatsu
2006-12-07 01:35 pm (UTC)
We had a grace mentioning 'the souls of the faithful departed'. Not, in fact, 'the soul of the faithful dead partridge', as I thought for a while.
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[User Picture]From: sammoore
2006-12-07 02:37 pm (UTC)
While singing 'Lord of the Dance' I always wondered what a 'dance settee' was. It sounded like a lot of fun. I was to be disappointed.

All togther:

"Dance then, wherever he may be, I am the lord of the dance said he."

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[User Picture]From: pfy
2006-12-07 03:27 pm (UTC)
We always sang "He's got the whole world in his pants" in assembly, but that was deliberate.

The boiler at Scout/Boys Brigade camps was sometimes called the "water otter". It was common for people to accept this term for a long time without questioning its derivation.
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2006-12-07 04:27 pm (UTC)
i demand the recipe for Gem 'n' Treacy, NOW!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-12-07 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking a treacly sauce with Iced Gems floating on top. (Not that "treacy" is pronounced with a hard "c", but.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-07 06:40 pm (UTC)
i woz finking of a runny treacly sauce but wiv some sort of steamed pudding (i 'ate iced gems!!!), but the pudding would 'ave ter be sparkly...wiv those silver balls 'n' golden spun sugar 'n' ooh, ooh green gelatine stuff that looks like emeralds 'n' mascareno [sp.?] cherries wot look like rubies...

it's begining ter sound like a possible (booklectic-like) recipe!

'ow's about running this a snake_soup xmas competition? i'll stump up for a prize!
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2006-12-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
a nony mous is, natch, me!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-12-07 10:49 pm (UTC)
I reckon a Snake Soup gem & treacy competition would be fantabulous. Go ahead!
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2006-12-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
okelly dokelly...
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[User Picture]From: shuripentu
2006-12-07 09:23 pm (UTC)
That's some pretty good mumbling right there.

Unfortunately, the words to the school hymn and standard prayers were printed rather clearly on our hymnals so we didn't have the chance to mangle anything. :(
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[User Picture]From: nou
2006-12-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
If I wasn't clear in the post; I genuinely thought these were the words. (I wasn't very old at the time, and not previously indoctrinated into the purpose of "grace", so I didn't really have any context from which to figure out what the words were likely to be.)
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