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#1 2010-05-08 20:08:43

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'bands' for 'banns'

‘Banns’ is an old-fashioned word for the posted announcements of a marriage. And since marriage involves bands- both real (wedding bands) and metaphorical- and bonds (‘bonds of matrimony’) it’s easy to run the words together. Here are some results from searching on ‘bands of marriage’ –

... you need your divorce certificate and the bands of marriage have to be publicised at your local registrars office …
uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid… – United Kingdom.

My girlfriends house on LI was robbed the night of her wedding they think because the bands of marriage was announced at the church the week before. ...
www.liweddings.com/chat/topic-7633-1.html

Jul 29, 2008 … A cousin found the bands of marriage in Dublin indicating that Patrick McNamara and Margaret Morgan were to be married in the Diocese of …
genforum.genealogy.com/mcnamara/messages/1542.html

Dec 27, 2008 … the church you are marrying in, must be made aware 6 months in advance of your plans so the bands of marriage can be announced …
answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid…

If yoy are getting married in a Catholic Church…
The other person has to get the bands of marriage from there own parish within 6 months of the wedding.
www.liweddings.com/chat/topic-264422-1.html

Marriages were legitimized by bands of marriage being pronounced three times in the village church, and the priest certifying that there were no impediments …
camonica-club.blogspot.com/2008/12/on-wings-of-gold.html

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#2 2010-05-09 00:06:17

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1776
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Re: 'bands' for 'banns'

I have found repeatedly the bans for the banns ; an opposite meaning, pretty nearly, but not a sensible eggcorn that I can construe. Unless it were legitimizing and thereby banning any who might want to stand against the marriage?
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E.g.

He was a regular reader of the London Times Marriage Bans, and Obituaries

we saw the bans in the newspaper.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2010-05-09 04:55:39

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2146

Re: 'bands' for 'banns'

Banns are bans. The two come from the same word. The original sense was proclamation. One of the pathways from ban led to pulpit proclamations of upcoming marriages (banns). Another led to a proclamation of exclusion (a ban).

Banns is one of those odd words that has lost its singular Words such as measles, matins, scissors, trousers, etc.

I wonder if “bans” for “banns” could have an eggcornish sense. A reading of the banns give someone a chance to ban the wedding by revealing an impediment.

Last edited by kem (2010-05-09 04:56:42)

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#4 2010-05-09 13:50:50

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1776
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Re: 'bands' for 'banns'

Much like sanction , then; legitimization or delegitimization but a proclamation about legitimacy in either case.


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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