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19 June 2013 @ 12:26 am
Word of the Day - Ale Knight... and the mischief thereof  
ale knight, n. Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈeɪl nʌɪt/, U.S. /ˈeɪl ˌnaɪt/ Now hist. and arch.
A person who frequents public houses; a drunkard.
Particularly common in the 16th cent.

1556 M. Huggarde Displaying of Protestantes f. 10  (margin), As this good minister loued good ale, so he had .iii. ale knights to stande in defence of his opinion.
1575 Rec. Eccl. Court Chester in  C. H. Cook et al. Curiosities Ale & Beer (1889) 287 The Vicar of Whalley is charged with being ‘a common dronker and ale-knight’.
1598 E. Guilpin Skialetheia v. sig. D5, There brauls an Ale-knight for his fat-grown score
1622 ‘Jack Dawe’ Vox Graculi 2 Certaine red-nos'd Ale-Knights, whose morning draughts of strong liquor, is a sufficient Baricado against cold weather.
1664 H. More Modest Enq. Myst. Iniquity 325 The Church of Rome..has assigned a Saint to almost every Trade: S. Honorius for Bakers, S. Eloy for Smiths,..and S. Urban for Ale-Knights or Pot-Companions.
1725 Coll. Old Ballads III. 152 Come, all you brave Wights, That are dubbed Ale-knights, Now set out your selves in fight.
1864 R. Chambers Bk. of Days II. 597 This man was a regularly dubbed ale-knight, loved barley wine to the full
1886 ‘J. Bickerdyke’ Curiosities Ale & Beer i. 3 The doble-doble beer brewed against law, and beloved by the ale-knights of old.
1914 H. Newbolt Aladore 151 Some of them were but ale-knights which had repented them when they were adrunken.
2002 S. Shesgreen Images of Outcast ii 23/2 An ‘ale knight’ might have sung or cried the words while unalphabeted listeners looked over the performer's shoulder.

My favorite ale knight has a gentleman on his resort this week that he thinks would be an excellent match for me, so, tomorrow, I have my first experience with going on a blind date. At least it's a blind date picked out by someone who genuinely has a decent idea of what I'm looking for, but it will still be interesting to see how it goes...
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Kareinakareina on June 19th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Woo hoo!
I hope you enjoy the date, whether it turns out to be a good match for you or not.
eithni: darkladyeithni on June 19th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: Woo hoo!
Thanks! It should be an interesting part of a week of firsts, at least!
Doug Hulick / Simon Morcar: Beerswords_and_pens on June 19th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC)
A fortunate gentleman indeed... :)

Bon chance
eithni: jumpingeithni on June 19th, 2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Albredaalbreda on June 19th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
Best of luck! My parents met on a blind date set up by my dad's aunt!
Roxelanaroxelana on June 28th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
My last blind date went very well. I hope yours did as well.
eithni: snapeeithni on June 29th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Sadly, it was mostly fail. :/ I might do a second date in case it was first/blind date nerves, but it was less successful than I'd hoped.