16'th century


During “the Civil War Era” or “the Sengoku Era”,  there was a period when power was fragmented among numerous samurai. During this time three powerful warlords tried to unify the country.  Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

There is a poem known to Japanese school children that shows the different styles of the warlords and their characters. A parable was told that these three leaders were gathered in a garden, when a bird landed on a limb. A Zen Master then asked each of them what they would do if the bird doesn’t sing.

Oda Nobunaga - 1534-1582
Nobunaga was arguablly the most potent and the most fierce Samurai in the era. He was also known for his cruelty and often described as a demonic figure with no mercy.  Nobu would have thundered “Kill it!” or without a word cut it to pieces.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi - 1536-1598
Hideyoshi was the successor of Nobunaga. He finally unified Japan and had brought an end to “the Civil War Era.” Then he buried his rivals one by one, and he conquered all over Japan at last. Hideyoshi would have said “make it sing.”

Tokugawa Ieyasu - 1542-1616. \
Ieyasu was the successor of Hideyoshi, and the founder of Edo Shogunate. Presumably he is the most famous shogune in the history. Ieyasu was known as a patient, persevering man with an excellent talent for management.  Ieyasu would have told everyone there that “If a bird doesn’t sing, wait for it to sing.”

Okay so Donald Tump talked about a terrorist attack in Sweden that did not happen. Trust me, I live in sweden, the last terrorist attack was five years ago and the terrorist only succseeded in killing himself. But I was wondering where these news came from because this is some pretty serious misinformation. Then I realised. Since Mike Pence seems to be stuck in the 16 th century, he could be reffering to Nils Dacke and his rebellions. Rest assured Donald, Dacke and the king he rebelled against both died more than 400 years ago.


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favorite historical figures || grace o’malley 

Grace O'Malley was Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the O Maille clan, rebel, seafarer, and fearless leader, who challenged the turbulent politics of 16 th century England and Ireland. While Irish legends have immortalised Grace as a courageous woman who overcame boundaries of gender imbalance and bias to fight for the independence of Ireland and protect it against the English crown, to the English, she was considered a brutal and thieving pirate, who controlled the coastlines through intimidation and plunder.


Idiomatic Meaning: To learn to handle a tool or device; perform an operation with some skill, through practice or diligence, which can lead to an almost unconscious performance; to get the knack of; understand or manage at a basic level.

Literal Meaning: To be hanged or, more correctly hung, or suspended, as a picture on a wall, or a slab of meat from a hook.

Usage: Informal, spoken and written British and American English.

Origin: Early 19th Century, American English - The word “hang” in this expression is a noun, which is unusual because it’s usually a verb. However there are instances of it being used as a noun going back to the 16th century. For example, it can refer to the way a curtain or other fabric drapes is a common use. One gruesome theory of the expression’s origin is that it relates to an experienced hangman, or executioner who could get the job of hanging someone done efficiently. However the consensus is that the phrase originally related to the use of tools.

Why is this funny?  In the photo, we see to guys hanging from, or suspended from hooks. Neither looks particularly comfortable, but at least they are laughing. It’s not clear how or why they got there. The one on the right wants to get down, while the one on the left claims to have figured out how to do that. He’s “gotten the hang of” escaping from being hung from the hook.

Sample Sentence: When I was a kid and received my first bicycle, I kept falling off until I “got the hang” of balancing myself while pedaling.


Idiomatic Meaning: To barely or narrowly escape from some disaster or situation; by a narrow margin, with nothing to spare. With “hanging on” the meaning is to barely maintain an untenable position, either physically or as an attitude or state of mind.

Literal Meaning:  Since the :hanging” version of the idiom is being used, it literally means being suspended from something or someplace by the teeth or gums.

Usage: Informal, spoken and written British and American English. Frequently used with “hanging on”.

Origin: 16th Century, British and American English - This expression is biblical in origin and comes from the Book of Job. The bible, of course, was not written in English but the Geneva bible translation first appeared in 1560, so that would be the first time the English version occurred in print. In the book, Job is put upon by both God and Satan and loses everything, family, friends and possessions. He says that the only thing he escaped with was the skin of his teeth. Eventually, this sense morphed into narrowly escaping BY the skin of one’s teeth. However teeth don’t have skin unless Job was referring to his gums, which I think he was.

Why is this funny?  In the cartoon, we see two hippos by a river bank, which is natural, except that the river doesn’t appear to be in Africa and one of them is engaged in behavior not usually done by hippos. Harry has somehow climbed a child’s swing set and has suspended himself from the top of the frame, by his teeth. The other hippo asks how long he can do that, and Harry answers, “Not much longer. My mouth is getting tired.” He’s literally and figuratively “hanging on by the skin of his teeth.”

Sample Sentence: Well, I passed my driver’s test but only “by the skin of my teeth.”

isagrimorie  asked:

root and shaw: good omens version= "I’ve got one word for you: sing-along!"

“You’re going to help me Sameen.”

Shaw* throws the demon an irritated glare at the presumption. Does she want this Apocalypse to happen? Not particularly, of course not. After around four thousand years she’s grown rather fond of the place, she might even call it home if her loyalty to heaven didn’t supersede. But that didn’t mean she could partner up with her opposite and break every rule in the Book.

“We have our orders Root-”

“Damn th- bless- who cares about orders? If we don’t stop this we’re gonna have to go back.”

“And that’s a shame for you, but for me that would mean-”

“Oh, Sameen’iel, don’t try to fool me with false homesickness. You’ll hate it there and you know it. There’s no cooked meat in heaven, all you’ll get to eat will be salads.”

She winces inwardly, but knows that neither her face nor wings have revealed it** to the old rival she sometimes, when feeling generous, calls a friend.

“I’m sure I’ll manage.”

Suddenly Root steps closer, her mouth losing volume and coming out in a whispered hiss that crawls over Shaw’s back, threatening to make her tremble.

“But food isn’t the only thing you’ll lose my angel. There’s no gun or weapons collections Up There either. No fighting against injustice. No fighting at all remember? But do you know what they do have? Heavenly choirs that will eternally sing holy hymns. And do you realize yet what you will be doing there all day? Every day? For the rest of forever?”

Shaw knows she’s being tempted, though not in the ways she’s gotten used to from Root. Still, she knows and yet for the first time is entirely powerless to stay passive and deaf to the demon’s urgings.

“I’ve got one word for you: sing-along!”

Shaw knows she’s lost this struggle against the great Temptress of Eden. But never will she allow a servant of evil to have the last word.

“That’s two words.”

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* Sameen’iel is a very long name and besides… by the 16’th century she was already tired of being mixed up with Sammael every time she introduced herself. How she got to ‘Shaw’ is a long and complicated story that involves lots of ale and some slurring of her name.

** the control over that particular skill took her three centuries and a night chained to the naked serpent.

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