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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Bachelor

The word 'bachelor' is from Old French bachelier, "knight bachelor", a young squire in training. The Old French term crossed into English around 1300. The Old French term crossed into English around 1300, referring to one belonging to the lowest stage of knighthood. The sense of "unmarried man" dates to 1385.

The state of Missouri imposed a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried people between 21 and 50 in 1820.
   
Mussolini imposed a tax on bachelors in Italy in 1926.

In South Korea, there is a day called Black Day (April 14), where single people eat noodles to lament their loneliness. This is in opposition to Valentine's Day and White Day, the days for couples.


Famous life-long bachelors include Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Leonardo Da Vinci, George Gershwin, George Frideric Handel, Isaac Newton, Friedrich Nietzsche, Maurice Ravel, Adam Smith, Vincent Van Gogh and Antonio Vivaldi.
                                                                                        

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