Friday, June 27, 2014

Fowerty-Frappers! -Postcard Friendship Friday #126

So, do you know what fowerty-frappers are?  This is a term I just discovered which means Fireworks of any kind!  It is an old fashioned term from Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, of 1896-1905.

On the Fourth of July, here in America, we celebrate the holiday with parades, good food and lots of fowerty-frappers!  In 1840, Chevalier de Bacourt, France's Minister-Plenipotentiary said of the Fourth, "...It is celebrated in every part of America, if not with suitable splendor at least with prodigious noise."

The following year, Minister Chevalier de Bacourt complained, "Yesterday was the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States, but as it fell on Sunday they put off until today the celebration of the annual holiday, and I have been kept awake since five o'clock this morning by the incessant noise of cannons and firecrackers.  That is the American fashion of showing their satisfaction.  To them, noise personifies joy!"

Ah, things haven't changed one bit since 1840! 

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viridian said...

Those children appear to be in great danger!

VioletSky said...

At least cannons are used anymore!

Postcardy said...

I didn't know what fowerty-frappers were.

Irene said...

great card, and let's celebrate.

Ulta58 said...

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