Honi soit qui mal pense

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Clara Gazul, or Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense by Harriette Wilson

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Order of the Garter from Wikipedia Website. A garter is one of the Order's most recognizable insignia. Diamonds spell out the motto of the Order on this seventeenth century garter. The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an English order of chivalry with a history stretching back to medieval times; today it is the world's oldest national order of knighthood in continuous existence and the pinnacle of the British honours system. Its membership is extremely limited, consisting of the Sovereign and not more than twenty-five full members, or Companions. Male members are known as Knights Companions , whilst female members are known as Ladies Companions not Dames, as in most other British chivalric orders. The Order can also include certain extra members members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs , known as " Supernumerary " Knights and Ladies.

Usage notes: In French, honni soit qui mal y pense tends to be used ironically, to hint at hidden bad intentions. But honi soit qui mal y pense is found much more often in the English-speaking world. Spelling note. The historically correct spelling — and therefore what is found on badges, crests, etc. However, the modern spelling is honni , so that is what French speakers will tend to write. Incidentally, there is a fascinating book about the back-and-forth relationship between French and English, called Hon n i soit qui mal y pense , by Henriette Walter.

It is translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it" [1] or "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it" [2] or "Evil or shame be to him that evil thinks" [3] —although the French phrase is not gendered. In current French usage, it is ordinarily used to insinuate the presence of a hidden agenda or a conflict of interest. The motto is inscribed, as hony soyt qui mal pence , at the end of the text in the manuscript, albeit in a later hand. Her garter slipped down to her ankle causing those around her to laugh at her humiliation. Edward placed the garter around his own leg saying, " Honi soit qui mal y pense. Tel qui s'en rit aujourd'hui, s'honorera de la porter.




  1. Tracey D. says:

    Honi soit qui mal y pense - Wikipedia

  2. Mike D. says:

    Honi soit qui mal y pense is a French maxim used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. It is translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly.

  3. Atifovef says:

    But why does this Middle French expression appear in weighty official uses in Britain?

  4. Pitasoftma says:

    Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense | Definition of Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense by Merriam-Webster

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