[LMB] Language drift on Barrayar

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Aug 6 21:39:30 BST 2019


In the good old days in Japan only samurai were allowed to carry the
katana.  Think of it as a badge of rank.


On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, <alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca> wrote:

>   In some places/times it was illegal to
>>> wear costly clothing that was "beyond one's station".  Imagine being
>>> prohibited from wearing a tuxedo or evening gown because you weren't
>>> high-status enough!
>>>
>>
> On Tue, 6 Aug 2019, Mieke wrote:
>
>> That is interesting. Do you have any examples?
>>>
>> I know of societys or times that it was ‘not done’. But actually
>> prohibited...?
>>
>
> There were numerous sumptuary laws in the Middle Ages into the 18th
> century that forbade exactly that.
>
> Also in ancient Rome only Senators could wear a purple stripe on their
> toga.
>
> Lots more in
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumptuary_law
>
> http://www.lordsandladies.org/sumptuary-laws-middle-ages.htm
>
> https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/law/law
> /sumptuary-laws
>
> http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-sumptuary-laws.htm
>
> https://www.britannica.com/topic/sumptuary-law
>
> --
> Alayne McGregor
> alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
>
> "I am not avoiding reality when I read fiction; I am strengthening my
> ability to cope with reality."
> - Roxane Gay, in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories, 2018


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