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Low satire

August 11th, 2008 (05:52 pm)
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The joke has probably aged well, if it was a joke at all in 1713, which I doubt; but the letter in front of me, discussing political events in code, and dated 22 June 1713, refers to the House of Commons as the 'portion of Fungal' - that is, if I'm reading the handwriting correctly.

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Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: August 11th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
mouse in cheese

Pls to be explainings ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 11th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)

As I said, it was low satire, and perhaps not even funny... it appeared that the alias a Jacobite sympathiser was using for the House of Commons, in his letters from Queen Anne's London to the court of her half-brother and rival for the crown, James 'III', was 'the Portion of Fungal'. On closer investigation it turned out to be 'Hungal', which doesn't mean anything, beyond possibly commenting on the 'hung' nature of a parliament where loyalties were always being renegotiated.

Posted by: muuranker (muuranker)
Posted at: August 11th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)

I think Hungal (or Hangal) is Korea.

But my Athens login no longer functions, so I can't check.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 11th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)

Hangal does seem to be one rendering of the Korean word for 'national language', from a quick Google search. I don't know whether the word was known in England in 1713, though. The House of Lords are referred to as the faction of Holt or Halt, so the punning explanation might be the more likely one.