diet of worms


diet of worms
   a corpse
   Modern scientists tell us that the process of corporal dissolution is fungal, with worms obtaining little sustenance. Happily in 1670 or thereabouts Marvell knew better:
   
   
... then worms shall try
   
That long preserved virginity,
   
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
   
And into ashes all my lust.
   
The Diet, or assembly, was held in the Rhineland city of Worms in 1521 and is remembered by generations of schoolchildren for the pun in English rather than for Luther's courage in attending.

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  • Diet — Di et, n. [F. di[ e]te, LL. dieta, diaeta, an assembly, a day s journey; the same word as diet course of living, but with the sense changed by L. dies day: cf. G. tag day, and {Reichstag}.] A legislative or administrative assembly in Germany,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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