Here’s a new word from my current read–borborygmus, in the plural borborygmi. A borborygmus is an onomatopoeia for a stomach growl. Who knew there was a word for that.
The last day of September. Sigh. October is knocking.
In the spirit of the coming month, here is a delightful image. I had great fun with this one. It is made with cotton batting dyed with RIT dye following Judy Coates Perez’s method. The pattern is one of Jane Sassaman’s designs.
Judy is a talented artist and a great source of inspiration. She creates beautiful art quilts. (Check out all the work and love that went into this one!) She makes delightful crafts and mixed media goodies. And she makes you anxious to see what she will come up with next. I am very grateful to her for sharing so generously through her blog, articles, books, etc. Thanks, Judy!
Visit her pages and be inspired!
Scriptoriums and scribes are fascinating subjects. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco showed us just how fascinating, and murderous, they could be. But did you know there was a patron demon of scribes? I never thought about patron demons. Patron saints, naturally. But patron demons?
Sometime before the mid-13th century an effort was made to reduce errors by scribes and copyists. The idea of a patron demon arose. A better name could not be found…Titivillus. Every mistake was recorded by Titivillus and taken to Hell to be entered into a Book of Errors. With the advent of the printing press, Titivillus had less to keep him occupied. Some said he turned to keeping logs of gossip and misspoken words during services.
Personally, I think he’s back in business under a different title. I’m sure you’ve encountered his antics at some point. Titivillus, patron demon of copier jams and printer malfunctions, is doing big business in modern times. Now you know who to blame.