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12:18 Jan 30, 2009
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Other / Vocab Item
English term or phrase: Guizer
Greetings,

For example, in this book title:
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/alan-garner/guizer.htm

All the best, and many thanks,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:04
English translation:definition
Explanation:
"Guizer is the word for an actor in a mumming play, and he represents a character that is both comical and alarming, stupid and cunning, foolish and wise, animal and man, man and divinity. Guizer is the English name for the Fool, but the most complete surviving expressions of him are to be found among people who have not had to invent writing. They remember all they need, which means that their stories tell us the most difficult truths in the simplest language. They show us the Guizer under many names and in many shapes, but everywhere the myth is the same. " http://homepage.ntlworld.com/captainwebb/cafe/cafeguiz.htm

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Note added at 14 mins (2009-01-30 12:33:11 GMT)
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The above is actually from the preface to Alan Garner's book "The Guizer". It continues:

"The Guizer enters the world as a force without direction. He has no knowledge of bad or good. Whatever he does goes wrong, so that his kindness may result in death and his anger can give life. He is is own victim, a creature of 'blysse and blunder', but his combined ignorance, innocence and villainy make the world he entered a place changed for the better, despite his efforts and because of them"
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Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:04
Grading comment
many thanks very good indeed
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Nesrin
Summary of reference entries provided
from the Oxford dico:Ken Cox

  

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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
guizer
definition


Explanation:
"Guizer is the word for an actor in a mumming play, and he represents a character that is both comical and alarming, stupid and cunning, foolish and wise, animal and man, man and divinity. Guizer is the English name for the Fool, but the most complete surviving expressions of him are to be found among people who have not had to invent writing. They remember all they need, which means that their stories tell us the most difficult truths in the simplest language. They show us the Guizer under many names and in many shapes, but everywhere the myth is the same. " http://homepage.ntlworld.com/captainwebb/cafe/cafeguiz.htm

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Note added at 14 mins (2009-01-30 12:33:11 GMT)
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The above is actually from the preface to Alan Garner's book "The Guizer". It continues:

"The Guizer enters the world as a force without direction. He has no knowledge of bad or good. Whatever he does goes wrong, so that his kindness may result in death and his anger can give life. He is is own victim, a creature of 'blysse and blunder', but his combined ignorance, innocence and villainy make the world he entered a place changed for the better, despite his efforts and because of them"


Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:04
Native speaker of: Arabic
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
many thanks very good indeed

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ken Cox: elementary googling...
2 mins
  -> ... is an art in its own right :-)

agree  Jack Doughty
7 mins

agree  Lalit Sati
7 hrs
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Reference comments


13 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: from the Oxford dico:

Reference information:
See the etymological note:

geezer /'gi:z/
noun Brit. informal a man: he strikes me as a decent geezer.

N. Amer. informal, derogatory an old man.


ORIGIN
late 19th cent. : representing a dialect pronunciation of earlier guiser 'mummer'.

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Note added at 22 mins (2009-01-30 12:41:11 GMT)
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and more (got live if you want it...):

guiser /'gz/
noun archaic a mummer in a folk play performed especially at Christmas or Halloween.

ORIGIN
late 15th cent. : from the archaic verb guise 'dress fantastically', from the noun guise.

guise /gz/
noun an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something: he visited in the guise of an inspector | sums paid under the guise of consultancy fees.

ORIGIN
Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to wise 2.

Ken Cox
Netherlands
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 56

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Cilian O'Tuama: http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-gui1.htm
1 min
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