Thursday, July 15, 2010

Long May Your Lummie Reek

I built a fire last night and made a big pot of soup to ward off the chilly rain. The phrase "long may your lummie reek" is said when you make a toast to someone over a glass of something. Lummie means chimney and reek is smoke, so to wish this to someone is to offer hope of prosperity because in older times when a house had smoke coming out of the chimney it meant the occupants had fuel and presumably food and were doing alright.

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