Clogs

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Some clogs, yesterday.

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Clogs /klɒgz/ (n.)
Stout wooden shoes originating in the low countries. Unfashionable in the courts of chancery, where one has always tried, where possible, to avoid clogs on the equity of redemption. Clogs — in French, les sabots — were more fashionable amongst 19th century Parisienne hand-weavers, but not for wearing so much as for throwing angrily into the gears of those new-fangled automatic looms invented by Joseph Jacquard with the goal of buggering them up, in a rather Cnut-like effort to save their livelihoods. Mischievous French clog-throwing became widespread for a time and was known as “sabotage”. Long-term, it didn’t do les saboteurs much good. You can’t fight progress.

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