Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

January 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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This is the motto of the Order of the Garter, a medieval order of English chivalry which exists to this day. It is old French and roughly translates as “Shame on he who thinks ill of it” and is supposed to date back to Edward III of England. Edward III was dancing with the Countess of Salisbury when her garter fell down, much to the amusement of all the onlookers who assumed that the King was doing a little more than the fourteenth century version of the moonwalk and had been letting his fingers do the walking. The story goes that Dicky picked up the garter and donned it himself and muttered the infamous phrase as an act of chivalry and to protect the Countess’ reputation.

Apparently, the motto also appeared on the entrance to Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. Allegedly, he was prone to doing more than a moonwalk and letting his fingers do the walking too. Not with the Countess of Salisbury though……I’m not sure that there was anything chivalrous going on behind those closed doors.

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