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CHAT: Shrive (was CHAT: Return of the Sal)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, March 24, 2000, 15:15
Raymond Brown wrote:

> [intransitive] 'to to receive abosolution' or 'to make confession'.
This sense surprises me, though Merriam-Webster backs you up; I have only seen "to be shriven" in this sense, as in Shakespeare. Spenser (the poet) used "shrive" intransitively in the non-specific sense "to hear confessions". "Shrive" and "Shriver" are also known surnames.
> The related noun 'Shrove' is more well known in the phrase 'Shrove > Tuesday', the day before 'Ash Wednesday' which begin Lent; the day the > French call 'Mardi gras'. After the perod of carnival which preceded Lent > one got oneself shriven before the day was out in order to keep Lent from > the next day on until Easter.
The traditional English meal on Shrove Tuesday was pancakes, perhaps to consume the eggs that were once forbidden food during Lent. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)