Eavesdropping and Etiquette

My Featured Blogger this week is Cricket of the blog site CricketMuse. Cricket is a published writer and a passionate etymologist (words, not bugs). She reviews books, muses on various topics (hence her blog’s title), and serves up tasty tidbits about the stories behind the words we use. Oh, and she also loves Shakespeare (a passion we share). I’ve been following her nearly since I began blogging, and will continue to do so until “Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.”

So shouldst thou!

Pam Webb

This month’s Why We Say is a batch fresh from the “E” section.


Going back to the Saxon days of England, a person could not build right to the property line since it was mandated that there needed to be space for the drip that rolled off the eaves. This became the “eavesdrip” and someone who leaned near the eavesdrip could hear what was being said in the next house, making them an “eavesdropper.” Maybe this is where the expression of being a “drip” originates from.


What does amber have to do with electricity? Dr. William Gilbert, who was Queen Elizabeth I’s physician in 1601, decided to call the effect he produced when rubbing amber with a cloth “electric,” which comes from elecktron, Greek for amber. What this has to do with QEI, I’m not sure–it might be too shocking to conjecture.


Should you find yourself time…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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2 Responses to Eavesdropping and Etiquette

  1. cricketmuse says:

    Thanks, Mitch! I’m appreciative of the boost, which explains the sudden surge in business. I am “e” lated 😉

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