CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 29, 2011

Lobsterbacks and a Royal Wedding

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LOBSTERBACKS AND A ROYAL WEDDING

     Yesterday, while reviewing information for my novel, I came across the word lobsterback. What the heck, I thought. What does it mean to a New Englander who likes an occasional lobster?

     I picked up a book that was lounging in my house, I Hear America Talking: An Illustrated History of American Words and Phrases. It offers the following discussion on the word lobsterback: The British side of the Revolutionary War had the redcoats, also called Lobsters (England 1643; America 1770); lobsterbacks and bloody backs (American use since 1770). All these, of course, referred to the British soldiers’ bright red uniform jackets.*  

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     When I woke up just after 5:00 a. m. this morning I fully intended to return to my warm bed for the rest of my night’s rest. However, my husband Monte, who happened to be working on the computer, asked me if I had awakened to watch the British Royal Wedding of William and Kate, scheduled to be aired live on BBCA. The actual wedding was to begin at 11:00 a. m. British time, or 6:00 a. m. United States time. Since I wasn’t too tired I decided to switch the television channel to BBCA at 5:30 a. m.

     Nancy Lee, my sister who lives in Buffalo, New York, said last night that she was going to set her alarm clock for 2:30 a. m. to watch the festivities I don’t know what television channel she was watching, but I knew we would be enjoying the wedding together, although we live six hours driving time apart. How BBCA described the wedding, as a nice communal, unifying, English experience was working for us too.

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     I turned to my computer, where I found lobsterback defined as A (more…)

August 28, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

ANNOUNCEMENT
The bride in a Pennsylvania wedding is a descendant of the first settlers in Trenton (which included Lamoine), Massachusetts (now Maine).

WEDDING
Sandra N. Holland and Michael R. Murawsky were married July 12, 2008, at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Sandra is the daughter of Monte W. and Carolyn (Cornell) Holland, Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania. Michael is the son of Ronald and Sheila (Marien) Murawski of Houtzdale, Pennsylvania.

The bride wore (more…)

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