Friday, August 27, 2010


REDRESS, n. Reparation without satisfaction.
Among the Anglo-Saxon a subject conceiving himself wronged by the king was permitted, on proving his injury, to beat a brazen image of the royal offender with a switch that was afterward applied to his own naked back. The latter rite was performed by the public hangman, and it assured moderation in the plaintiff's choice of a switch.
2010 Update: v.t. To correct injustice by replacing its outer garment.


actonbell said...

redress--to try on a different outfit, of course.

Good morning!

Doug said...


Mo'a said...

actonbell stole my thunder...bless, bless.

the amoeba said...

Didn't Gene Wilder get into all sorts of trouble by pursuing a redress?

Nessa said...

Oh, I have no idea. I just like Doug's definitions and the commentators' definitions and Doug's comeback comments. I guess this comes down to redressing.

the amoeba said...

And yes, this was a few days ago, but I'm slow. Since both you and Cooper wanted to know ...

What does a rector set make? An ecclesiastical convention, of course.


Anonymous said...

REDRESS, n. - The worst activity out. Shopping for clothes at a store...can you imagine how many times you try on stuff...pffft On a happier note, have a great weekend :)

karen a. said...


TLP said...

Redress: to rebind a wound.

Jim said...

"The King can do no wrong."
i.e. there can be no successful lawsuit against the king.
Translated in today's U.S. jargon, the government can do no wrong.
Unless Congress allows there will be no successful lawsuit against the U.S. Government.

quilly said...

If the cat would just be still and play nice, we wouldn't have to keep redressing it! -- Oh, sorry. I just had a flashback to my childhood.

tsduff said...

Sometimes I need to "redress" my salad because I didn't add enough bleu cheese the first time around.

Doug said...

Bless, bless, Mo'a.

Amoeba, I'd say he did very well by it.

As you dress, so shall you redress, renessa. And thank you.

Haha, Amoeba. Should have guessed.

Thom, I'm pretty much a guess my own size, pull it off the rack, buy it, take it home and wear it if it fits tolerably or else leave it on the closet shelf kind of clothes shopper.

Hi, Karen.

TLP, for some reason that reminds me of the twilight zone people about the ugliness-fixing aliens.

Jim, they like losing lawsuits, I think. They get to stand on what they would have done but for the courts and we pay the reparation. Or borrow it.

Quilly, so in response to the grownups wanting you dead, you wanted the cat embarrassed?

Terry, it takes a lot for me, too.

cooper said...

I like your definition. Redress: if done correctly requires no re-redressing.

I like my original captacha word