Thursday, May 12, 2005

Fun Fact:

The phrase "In the lymelight" originated in France. Oil lamps and candles were on their way out and they started using Lyme powder. They discovered that Lyme powder produced a very bright, in-your-face light. They used it many of the theatres in the theatre district. This allowed them to be able to hold performances at night.
A French realist painter did a lot of paintings with the influence of lymelight. It caused a very distinct shadowing and brightening on the subject.

3 Comments:

At 6:21 AM, Blogger Peppis said...

Cool. I went to london around christmas and went to the globe theatre, just thought about the lymelight thing since they had no roofs in shakespeare times, and no light for any nightly shows.
Thanx for the peptalk about me flying. flying sucks. I hate it. I lived in South Dakota for a year, and I've been to the USA a bunch of times before, but this is the first time scared I've flown from sweden to anywhere outside of europe :-S isssha.

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Astrid said...

Interesting! I love word origins!

Fun Fact 2: Sleep Tight

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.

Sleep tight, Mandi!!!

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger aaron b. said...

More more!

Etymology is my favorite.

 

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