October 24th, 2013

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Talking of Gamekeepers

Recently I had to learn the kanji for "decay", which consists of a tree and a snare:

decay


I found that the best way to make it stick was to retrieve a memory from my teenage years, when, wandering alone through the snowy woods near my home, and having stumbled onto someone's private land, I found myself face to face with the wizened corpses of a keeper's gibbet - not unlike the one in this stock image:

keeper's gibbet


If I'd been considering a career as a keeper myself, this mustelidae massacre would certainly have put me off, though I appreciate its effectiveness as a mnemonic (and I like to think the weasels would have been happy about that too); but now I wonder why gamekeepers feel the need for such grisly displays. It can hardly be "pour encourager les autres", after all.