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[aroid-l] Lilies in the Dark Ages

  • Subject: [aroid-l] Lilies in the Dark Ages
  • From: "Planter Rik" planterrik@hotmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 09:40:57 -0500

Calling the Middle Ages the "Dark Ages" is like calling an aroid a lily. I think Mr. Schmid has posted what links are to be found, but, if you enter the black hole of the "Dark Ages" and succeed in returning with useful or anecdotal connections, by all means, share them.

To have it specified when "confusion set in," or when or whether it has since been dispelled, will also be interesting. My impression is that confusion sets in when academic institutions do a poor job of teaching pre-renaissance history.


PS: I thought calla lilies had their points at the top.


From: hermine <hermine@endangeredspecies.com>
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Etymology of AROID
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 10:13:53 -0700

... i think this whole thing with LILY comes from a an early perception of the general point-at-the bottom aroid flower which we today still call the Calla Lily and after that, you had the dark ages and religious wars, and confusion set in. i have been to lazy to hunt
down this wee link which is odd, since i collect odd words with
annoying histories, but i promise, if i am not sucked into a black
hole, i will do my best to find the missing link.
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