One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shrove Tuesday and the two days preceding it, when it was formerly customary to attend confession.
- ‘Valentine's Day was interesting in 1602, because in that year it was also Shrove Sunday, the first day of Shrovetide - the three days associated with revels, carnival, misrule, and inversion of roles ending on Shrove Tuesday.’
- ‘Come on a Thursday or Saturday for the market, or at Shrovetide for the traditional ‘football match’, when hundreds engage in a mad brawl game featuring goal posts three miles apart.’’
- ‘In Ashbourne, an ancient Shrovetide football game is still played along attractive Georgian streets, and local villages, notably Tissington, dress their wells with flowers annually.’
- ‘In the rural Ireland of my youth, the three days prior to Ash Wednesday were known as Shrovetide and it was a time of eating, drinking, music-making and card playing.’
- ‘In terms of Christian religion, Shrovetide was the time when you were meant to visit your confessor and admit to all the naughty things you'd been up to.’
- ‘Lord Hunsdon's Men were still in favour at Shrovetide, when again they were the only company to perform for the Queen.’
Late Middle English: of obscure origin; the first element related to shrive.
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