[PW] Searching for the source and the original language of a curse

GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 11:52:08 PST 2022


I don't know if there is any relation, but I am absolutely delighted to see
this. Grazie mille.
GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido, New York City
*Be excellent to each other -- the great Bill & Ted*


On Thu, Jan 6, 2022 at 12:09 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> A very elaborate curse mentioning “scorpions in your bosom” appeared
> in a book published in London in 1858 within an article about
> collecting bills for newspapers.
>
> Year: 1858
> Book Title: The World at Home: A Miscellany of Entertaining Reading
> Article: Newspaper Dunning In America,
> Quote Page 171, Column 2,
> Publisher: Groombridge & Sons, London
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=RWgEAAAAQAAJ&q=scorpions#v=snippet&
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> ‘Send us our dues—or may you be shod with lightning, and compelled to
> wander through deserts of gunpowder; your eyes be sore, and a chestnut
> burr for an eyestone. May you have a hornet’s nest in each boot,
> vipers in your ears, scorpions in your bosom, and be rode by Irish
> bog-trotters in the night, with a two-bushel bag of potatoes tied to
> each leg.’
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson O'Toole
>
> On Sun, Dec 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido
> <graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > My grandmother noted a curse from her Abruzzese youth to the effect of
> "May
> > he find scorpions in his bed." When I was older, I was told it was more
> > like "May he find scorpions in his scrotum."
> > I have done no searching on this, I wouldn't know where to begin. But I
> > would love to know the source (it may also be Arabic, or dialect) and the
> > original language.
> > What prompted this search, and my request to you, is Joe Manchin.
> > GraceAnne
> > in New York City
> > *a word after a word after a word is power*
> > -Margaret Atwood
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