10 thoughts on “Today In History: Second Defenestration of Prague”

  1. You know, one of the things that I’ve always loved about the English language is that the vocabulary is so huge that there is a single word for throwing-people-out-of-a-window.

  2. Simon: I’m sorry, but I have to disappoint you. The word “defenestration” is not an English word. It comes from Latin, as well as many science terms.

  3. True, but isn’t that one of the nice parts of English, it will steal words from anywhere. If we stuck to words that were purely derived from “english” it would be a pretty sparse language indeed and don’t even start on where “english” starts and where the celtic/pictish/saxon/viking etc ends….

  4. That’s a myth. The eskimos only have eight words for stuffing someone in a fridge. They have 37 words to describe the frost that grows on the top of a half eaten container of ice cream in the freezer.

  5. defenestration is a science term???

    Professor Brett, please align the mass spectrometer so that we can capture the mass/charge ratios of the components of the defenestration.

  6. Of course it’s a science term. And if you want a really colorful vocabulary, you should see printing terms. I learned a whole lot of them when I got into the industry. To each its own lingo.

  7. To Bill: Well, I hope that History is a science too. A scientist doesn’t mean only a wild-hair man with white gown and test tubes. :-)

    And I don’t expect that the furious crowd shouted: “Defenestrate these people!”
    It was more like “Throw that bastards out of windows!”

    First Prague Defenestration was a lot bloodier than second one. Seven aldermen was throw out of windows on New Town Hall to a square, where a crowd had waited under windows with many weapons prepared to impale on them. No one survived. This was one of the beginnings of Hussite wars.

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