Word of the Day: Feague and What It Has Got to Do with a Horse's Butt

What I like about Scribal Terror blog is how Gail Hapke throws in a neat vocab lesson every now and then. Take this post on "feague", which means:

“to put ginger up a horse’s fundament, or a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer’s servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figuratively, for encouraging or spiriting one up”.

(What's a fundament? The Free Dictionary to the rescue)


(Illustration: AWhitehorse, who obviouly doesn't approve of the whole ginger thingy)

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The American Saddlebred Association once recommended their judges sniff under the horses' tails to detect ginger. Needless to say, this was very unpopular with the judges.
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I bet Gilligan had something to do with Ginger winding up in a horse's fundament. And although the horse said it was a memorable experience, it was Mary Ann who truly benefited as she received a lot more attention from the guys afterwards.
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