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I don't have time to research today... [May. 27th, 2005|11:45 am]
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So it's up to you guys to tell me:

Why is it called a "bonfire"? Who is bon? Was he once the official saint of enclosed fires that make everyone smell like smoked fish? Or is it a smooshing together of other words, like it used to be a "bonniferous fire" but no one wanted to bother with all those extra syllables?

[This post was inspired by the drunk twats who live in my building and insist upon heeing and hawing and whooping next to their bonfire in the sideyard every night until 3am. Yes, it was me who called the cops on you. And yes, it is impossible to get the non-emergency cop number by dialing 411 because yes, the information guy will act all snooty about it because he's gone mad with phone directory power. It would have been so much easier for everyone involved if you just would have shut the fuck up already.]

[User Picture]From: el_normal
2005-05-27 04:52 pm (UTC)
I just looked this up yesterday. No kidding.
I had this link in my history Rootsweb
I was frustrated that there was no definitive answer and gave up.
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[User Picture]From: hotshotrobot
2005-05-27 04:56 pm (UTC)
According to wikipedia, it has roots from all sorts of ceremonial/religious cleansing rituals. Apparently that's been watered down over the years to "any outdoor fire started so douchebags can drink and be loud when peeps haveta work in the morning."
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[User Picture]From: jessiejean
2005-05-27 05:39 pm (UTC)
In highschool we would have bonfires in the woods at this place nicknamed "The Shiz" (that's how I assume it is spelled) I always thought it was the stupidest name ever - but it was one of those pass-down names where no one really knew when/why it was named - and its probably still called that by 16 year olds today.

Yes, I went to bonfires at the shiz and drank shitty beer in Oak Creek.
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[User Picture]From: idiosyncrarchy
2005-05-27 06:41 pm (UTC)

Because I do not trust the Internet...

i looked it up in my Etymological dictionary:

"bonfire n. 1556, open-air fire; earlier, a fire to burn corpses (1552), and banefire a fire to burn bones (before 1415), a compound of bone (or its norther dialectal form bane) + fire. The spelling bonfire became more common and the etymological sense was forgotten, as evidenced by Johnson's derivation from French bon good + English fire."
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[User Picture]From: saaramyrene
2005-05-27 09:08 pm (UTC)


That's the one I'm going with, as it comes from a book.

Wait: do you trust books that are quoted on the internet?
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[User Picture]From: idiosyncrarchy
2005-05-28 06:12 am (UTC)

Re: Ah.

: Only if they are cited :

Barnhart, Robert K. The Barnhart Concise
Dictionary of Etymology: The Origins of
American English Words
Harper Collins,

(I can't remember my citation format for shit, but I think that's close enough).
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From: jond
2005-05-27 06:57 pm (UTC)
Bon Scott. AC/DC. Duh.
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[User Picture]From: saaramyrene
2005-05-27 09:07 pm (UTC)

Oh, good!

This was the response I was waiting for.

Also: did Joey get false teeth?
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From: jond
2005-05-27 10:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh, good!

Yes. Nice, eh?
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