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Trebuchet, a possible contender for a 'stone throwing devil' noun: trebuchet; plural noun: trebuchets - a machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles. The first clearly written record of a counterweight trebuchet comes from an Islamic scholar, Mardi bin Ali al-Tarsusi, who wrote a military manual for Saladin circa 1187. ...


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Speaking as a gay man: Yes, it is offensive. Very mildly so, but enough that I will probably correct you if you say it to me. It's usually said out of well-meaning ignorance, and I would understand there wasn't malice behind it unless it was in the context of worse things. Why do I mind it? I prefer chocolate ice cream over vanilla, but I'm certainly ...


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@DavePhD's excellent answer reviews the provenance of the phrase at issue. His research suggests that it is a known English phrase that is overwhelmingly used in reference to a paranormal event from New England in the 17th century. The conclusion would appear to be that it is not (or at least was not for a long time) a slur towards Muslims or anyone else. ...


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"Stone-throwing devil(s)" historically has overwhelmingly been a reference to an actual occurrence in 1682 in New England. According to the New England Historical Society: During the summer of 1682, a stone-throwing devil persecuted a Quaker tavern owner named George Walton in what is now New Castle, N.H. See especially the 1698 publication ...


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This does not mention the term 'Redhead' but is information relating to Tacitus': a Roman historian. Here, he indicates that Germans have red hair, although he may have, presumably been speaking in his mother tongue, thus, not using the word 'red.' All have fierce blue eyes, red hair, huge frames”. ... In particular, Tacitus noted the Caledonians had “red ...


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The association of the phrase "spilled milk" with Benjamin Bannaker's grandmother occurred much later than the 1600s. The first account of Bannaker's grandparents (Memoir of Benjamin Banneker 1845) says: His father was a native African, and his mother the child of natives of Africa; so that to no admixture of the blood of the white man was he ...


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Are there any grammatical or historical reasons why thoroughty could not have functioned just as well as thoroughness? There is no reason that I know of that makes it so that -ty necessarily could not have functioned to form a noun thoroughty with the same meaning as the actually existing existing thoroughness. I only mean this in the very weak sense that ...


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A fascinating question. A bit of searching unearths this masters thesis https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1215&context=theses Which says about the incident: This account intimates that Molly became a dairy maid, work at which she labored until approximately the year 1683 when she was accused of pilfering a bucket of milk and was ...


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Since you use Genesis 38:9 as the foundation for your hypothesis, please know that Onan's death was the result of spilling seed (having sex but spilling his seed outside of her vagina) in order to prevent his wife (his brother's widow) from becoming pregnant. He did this out of greed, to derail his Levitical duty to give her offspring, and thus deprive her ...


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