Happy Shrove Tuesday! Or better yet, Happy Pancake Day!
Serious-minded medievalists would like to remind everyone what Aelfric, abbot of Eynsham, had to say around the year 1000:
‘In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do. And he shall then offer him a pancake, or if his sins are many, two pancakes with either chocolate or Grand Marnier’
Clearly one should give short shrift to statements like these.