Just before you call yourself a ‘guy’, read this.

11 May

So many times, a word becomes common and it becomes part of who we are. A good example is the transformation of boys to guys. So, what is the origin of the word ‘guy’. I guess many will be familiar with this face.

Guy Fawkes Mask


You probably saw it in the movie, V for Vendetta. Here is something you should consider before you call yourself a ‘Guy’.

Gunpowder Plot was a conspiracy to kill James I, king of England, as well as the Lords and the Commons at the opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605. The plot was formed by a group of prominent Roman Catholics in retaliation against the oppressive anti-Catholic laws being applied by James I. The originator of the scheme was Robert Catesby, a country gentleman of Warwickshire. First he took his cousin Thomas Winter and his friends Thomas Percy and John Wright into his confidence, along with Guy Fawkes, a soldier of fortune. They in turn drew other Roman Catholic gentlemen into the plot, among them Sir Everard Digby, John Grant, Ambrose Rokewood, Francis Tresham, Thomas Winter’s brother Robert, and John Wright’s brother Christopher. The conspirators discovered a vault directly beneath the House of Lords. They rented this cellar and stored in it 36 barrels of gunpowder.

In the final arrangement, Fawkes was to set fire to the gunpowder in the cellar on November 5 and then flee to Flanders. Through a letter of warning written by Tresham to a peer, the plot was exposed. Fawkes was arrested early on November 5 as he emerged from the cellar. Fuses were found concealed on his person, and in the cellar a lighted lantern and the barrels of gunpowder were discovered. Examined under torture on the rack, Fawkes confessed his own guilt and after long obstinacy revealed the names of his associates, nearly all of whom were killed on being taken or were hanged along with Fawkes on January 31, 1606. The Gunpowder Plot is commemorated annually in the United Kingdom on November 5; on this day it is the custom to burn Guy Fawkes in a ragged effigy. The slang word guy is derived from these effigies.

Before you call yourself a guy you should probably think of being burnt at the stakes.

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4 responses to “Just before you call yourself a ‘guy’, read this.

  1. drnsmusings

    11/05/2014 at 8:40 pm

    History is so interesting. Wish I studied it in sec sch. And I heard they took it out of d sch curriculum?


    • Tito Tobi

      13/05/2014 at 1:07 pm

      That’s a shame on our educational policy makers.Taking history out of the secondary school curriculum.
      In a few years from now, kids will lose all knowledge of their origin and identity.
      In the words of Bob Marley, ‘If you know your history,
      Then you would know where you coming from,
      Then you wouldn’t have to ask me,
      Who the ‘eck do I think I am.

      If you don’t know where you’re coming from, you won’t know where you’re going.
      Moreso, it’s such an interesting part of art. Without history, art lacks purpose.


  2. livelytwist

    11/05/2014 at 2:40 pm

    Interesting historical information Tobi. Language evolves and is evolving. I like to think that the guy of 1606 and 2014, are two different ‘guys’ 🙂


    • Tito Tobi

      11/05/2014 at 2:53 pm

      Of course, they are. Just pulling my tricks on the fact that they share the same ”not too fanciful” historical origin. I’m probably still the ”guy” I was before the post. lol. 🙂



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