Thursday, 10 March 2011

Research into 'Nimble'...

As I'm struggling a little bit with ideas, here's a little bit of research into the meaning of the word 'nimble' and see where it takes me:

"nim·ble  [nim-buhl]
1. Quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active;rapid: nimble feet.
2. Quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.
3. Cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.
before 1000; late Middle English nymel, earlier nemel, Old Englishnǣmel capable, equivalent to nǣm- (variant
 stem of 
niman  totake)"

adj. nim·bler, nim·blest
1. Quick, light, or agile in movement or action; deft: nimble fingers. See Synonyms at dexterous.
2. Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding: nimble wits. "

Jack Be Nimble:

Fig. 1 Illustration of Jack Be Nimble, the nursery rhyme.

Origin and History to the words of Jack be nimble

"The most commonly agreed origin for the Jack be nimble rhyme is the connection to Black Jack, an English pirate who was notorious for escaping from the authorities in the late 16th century hence Jack be nimble... The words of the Jack be nimble rhyme cannot be further analysed due to the brevity of the text of the lyrics but could be associated with the old tradition and sport of 'candle leaping' which used to be practised at some English fairs."

"The tradition of candle-leaping originated from an old game of jumping over fires. This dangerous game was banned and replaced by the far less dangerous sport of Candle leaping...The first publication date for Jack be nimble is 1798."

My decanter needs to seem quick, either in wits or speed, or even both. I'm trying to keep it slim so it looks sleeker and as if it would be faster but I'm still unsure as to how I'll go about portraying it well enough.

List of Illustrations

Figure 1. Illustration of Jack Be Nimble, the nursery rhyme. At: (Accessed on 10.03.11)

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