Log Rolling: Transportation of timber to paper pulp mills or sawmills by treading on the logs and rotating them, used in the 1700s & 1800s in Europe & the USA.
Modern Lumberjacks made log rolling into a sport:
Champion Logrollers in our modern world:
Davy Crockett, 1786- 1836, American Frontiersman & Congressman used it as an idiom:
In 1835, the “King of the Wild Frontier” used the expression “log roll” on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and said, “My people don’t like me to log-roll in their business, and vote away pre-emption rights to fellows in other states that never kindle a fire on their own land.” Since then, log rolling is often used in politics to describe cronyism and favoritism for mutual political benefits between politicians.
The word cliffhanger comes from cliffs. Duh. Cliffs are vertical, or nearly vertical, rocks that have been formed by erosion and weathering. There are lots of famous cliffs, but the first ones that come to my mind are the White Cliffs of Dover, probably because there was a popular World War II song about them that was part of my childhood, and also because they are on the historical English coastline.
When one thinks of cliffhangers, England and its gothic novels always come to mind. Cliffhangers are the kind of story, book or movie that uses suspense either at the end of an episode or a scene. A good example was the way the final episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, was done. Jon Snow was dead. Or was he? Those of us who sweated it out until season 6 was aired were never really sure. The writers used old-fashioned melodrama, suspense and uncertainty, and the audience was left as if hanging from a cliff in a state of tension and apprehension. And that’s a true cliffhanger.
This part of the blog will not be able to offer any nail-biting cliffhangers, but it will have classes in series, and I hope they will be interesting enough that you will want to come back and read what happens next, even if you don’t lose sleep anticipating the next chapter. Enjoy.