Friday, 14 January 2011

If it turns out there's such a thing as a Trisketiger, I'll reconsider.

Today, I noticed that there is a village on the Isle of Man called Kirk Michael. The island's capital, of course, is Douglas.



Also, I learnt that the motto of the Isle of Man is 'Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand', referring to the emblem on their flag, the triskelion.



I have two things to say about this. Firstly, I'm pretty sure that a more accurate, if less rousing, motto would be 'Whithersoever you throw it, it will fall on its side'. Secondly, of the two new words I've learnt today, 'triskelion' is good, but 'whithersoever' is great


11 comments:

Ginge said...

Isle of Man's flag is just like Sicily's flag, only less 'OMG, what is that!?"-ish.

Ankita (Gg) said...
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Ankita (Gg) said...

Whithersoever that was thought up, it's absolute genius.

theficklepickle said...

'Whithersoever' appears in 'Man of La Mancha' ... it's one of those words like 'huckleberry' and 'tinpantithesis' which get very few outings in song lyrics ...

Anonymous said...

I live in Douglas and the three legged motif is incredibly difficult to avoid. It is etched into masonry, displayed on flags and there is a 15 foot tall one that greets you at the airport.
Proud as they are of them I sometimes feel that, with the only two visual references that the Manx have being three legged men and tail-less cats, they are just reinforcing a reputation for inbreeding that is only normally attributed to Norfolk.
:)
Jon

Lady C said...

The symbol for the BDSM community is also called a Triskelion. Not that I (or you) would know about such things. . .

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Anonymous said...

Hey to all
I am also from the IoM of Man - well actually I live here for the past 10 years ;-)
I did like your comment about Kirk- Douglas and etc - very funnny! It was the reason while I clicked through to see the rest!!!!
And regarding the 3 legs and etc - I do respect Manx people's tradition and wish to display some Manx attribute on THEIR Isle of Man. Yes - 3 legs has some connection with Sicily (they did travel those days too!)

Come to visit this beautiful Island and see all for yourself ;-)

with the best regards


lana

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