One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Oxford University the Sunday before Commemoration Week, on the evening of which a parade was formerly held in the Broad Walk of Christ Church.
2A Sunday on which artists open their studios to the public to display works of art before submitting them to an exhibition; especially an annual event of this kind taking place in London prior to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Westmacott (?1787–1868), journalist and blackmailer.
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