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19 November
galligaskins: Baggy trousers worn by sailors of the seventeeth and eighteenth centuries. A fanciful corruption of the French garguesque, "in the Greek style." Galligaskins were not always spoken of in polite conversation. The first recorded substitute for them was inexpressibles in 1790, which led to the emergence of euphemisms such as unmentionables, unutterables, and unwhisperables

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow,
"is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling
in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may
miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your
honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn.
Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never
exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of
regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to
-- T.H. White, The Once and Future King

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