Old Long Since

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    In Italy, the phrase is “auguri.” An English speaker like me would say it “ah-GOO-ree.”

    It is an etymological descendant (obviously, I think) of the Latin word “augur,” one who can foretell the future. As modern Italians use the phrase, “auguri” occupies a spot blending sentiments like “happy new year,” “good luck,” “good fortune and prosperity,” and “blessings.” It’s a bit more personal than a pleasant message in a fortune cookie, but sort of the same idea. Around this time of year, it gets used like the word “aloha,” as both a greeting and as a benediction, both delivered with a smile.

    I think it’s quite a nice thing to wish someone, and I wish it for all my fellow Ordinary Gentlefolk, and to the Readership in general, and all their families.Report

  2. Miss Mary says:

    First, you always have the best music associated with your posts. I love it.

    Second, and I haven’t been to a whole lot of New Year parties, but the one part of that song I recognize is the opening line. Your family connection to it is pretty awesome, though.Report

  3. Wish love and best wishes to you and yours.

    It’s nice that I’m not the only one who writes flagrantly sentimental holiday posts.Report

  4. Andrew says:

    Dang, I didn’t know you were a direct descendant of The Bard! Love the Bird version of Auld Lang Syne. Think I’ll bring my guitar to the party tonight and see if I can get everyone to sing along.Report

  5. Anne says:

    Happy New Year Tod and all the gentlefolk here about. I look forward to spending the year to come with you all.

    Dang, Tod just when I thought you couldn’t get any cooler you casually drop that you are related to Rabbie Burns…Report

  6. Glyph says:

    Taco salad for dinner, then the launching of colorful projectiles propelled by rapidly-expanding gases.

    Afterwards, fireworks!

    Happy new year, everyone!Report

  7. Brandon Berg says:

    There’s some doubt regarding the intended melody. Here’s the other candidate.Report

  8. Jaybird says:

    We went over to a dear friend’s house and watched The Trouble With Tribbles and Trials and Tribble-ations then we had to get back home before the drunks started hitting the road… and, quite honestly, I don’t remember the last time I made it to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    Though, this year, I just might.

    Maybe I’ll do what I can to burn the various 2012 calendars I find lying around.

    In any case: Happy New Year to you and yourn from us and ourn.Report

  9. Plinko says:

    Happy New Year, Gentlepersons of the League!Report

  10. Maribou says:

    🙂 My proudly-Irish, mostly-Scots grandfather taught me this song, and its meaning, many New Year’s Eves ago. He revered Robbie Burns; he and his Yeatsian skepticism about coincidence would be delighted to know I count a descendant of the Bard among my own cherished acquaintances.

    Poppy also taught me this song’s Irish counterpart The Parting Glass (exquisitely slurred by Shane McGowan and some older fellas, if you follow that link); I’m in the habit of singing them together.

    And all I’ve done for want of wit
    To mem’ry now I can’t recall
    So fill to me the parting glass
    Good night and joy be with you all

    Happy New Year! May 2013 treat you all as well as I would.Report

  11. zic says:

    The new year
    dawned bright over
    snow covered mountains
    stubbled with old growth
    from ancient rock
    grinding to sand
    and flowing
    like water to the seaReport

  12. Will H. says:

    I believe there’s idiom at play that’s lost in literal translation.
    “Long ago when” would be a more accurate rendering of the idiom, I would think.

    Happy New Year, Tod.
    A very good story. Well done.Report

  13. Herb says:

    Interesting. Did you know there’s a huge statue of your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather in Denver’s City Park?Report

  14. Matty says:

    I don’t think there’s an s in hogmanayReport