Jedward and Jedwood

You may be aware of a boy-band called Jedward who appear to be famous for having matching silly haircuts and it appears very little else. There is also an old practice called Jedwood justice which means, according to the O.E.D means: “Putting someone to death and trying them afterwards.”

It derives from the border town of Jedburgh in Scotland where they used to do this rather a lot. I feel that Jedward and Jedwood justice, though etymologically unrelated, could usefully be brought together.

Incidentally, Jedburgh is terribly important in the history of geology and therefore in the history of history. It was by studying the rock formations nearby that James Hutton worked out his idea of geological time. Geological time stretched the earth beyond the petty grasp of human history or human understanding. In geological time, as Hutton put it:

We find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.

Which is a wonderful example of (an) antithesis don`t you think?.

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