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.
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