Incidentally, in the popular 2006 film “V for Vendetta,” the character “V” wears a mask based on a caricature of Guy Fawkes, and the film begins, as I recall, by invoking a popular poem written in the wake of Fawkes’ plot: “Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder, treason and plot, I know of no reason, Why the gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot.”

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4 comments on this post.
  1. David:

    Unfortunately Guy Fawkes Day is not a national holiday in the UK. We do like to burn a good effigy though. Guy Fawkes night is often called bonfire night and the fire is usually accompanied with fireworks (gunpowder, you see). Great fun. Warm clothes and treacle toffee both help to jolly things along.

  2. Dave A:

    Visiting St. George, Utah, late ’90s, during spring break: I was seated outside an ice cream shop, near a table of four high school girls who were watching other teenagers cruise the strip. Finally, one of the girls said, “C’mon, guys, if we don’t go, we’re not gonna meet any guys!”

  3. admin:

    Well, maybe not an official national holiday, but bigger than Arbor Day.

  4. Lee Carver:

    When was the casual use of “guy” for “man” accepted? Its use in my novel, based in WWII, has been questioned. Would it be appropriate in that time frame?

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