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Informer: Term originated in 15th-century Scotland

Last Modified: Saturday, December 01, 2012 8:29 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Where did the term “caught red-handed” come from?

The term — which dates from the 1400s and was exclusive to the Scottish — was popularized by Sir Walter Scott, who used it in the novel “Ivanhoe,” published in the early 19th century, Michael Quinion writes on his website World Wide Words.

“The meaning was then the same as now. Somebody taken redhand was either in the act of committing a crime or with clear evidence of it about him,” he writes. “The original reference was to literal red hands, those of a murderer stained with the blood of his victim.”

Online: http://worldwidewords.org

GAC to broadcast rodeo Dec. 6-15

When will the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national rodeo be broadcast on TV?

The events of the PRCA Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be broadcast live 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 6-15 on Great American Country — DISH Network Channel 165, DirecTV Channel 326 and Suddenlink Channel 162.

Online: www.prorodeo.com.

Lawmakers in ad from Ga., Ohio, SC

I was calling about the recent political ads by Jeff Landry. They have four congressmen saying he’s the best and they want him back. Do you know where they’re from and what districts or areas they represent?

Sure do.

Jeff Duncan represents South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, and Mick Mulvaney is from the state’s 5th District.

Tom Graves represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, and Jim Jordan is from Ohio’s 4th Congressional District.

Jordan is chairman of the Republican Study Committee, which refers to itself as “the caucus of House conservatives.”

According to its website, the group advocates, “a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government”; “a strong national defense”; “the protection of individual and property rights”; and “the preservation of traditional family values.”

Duncan, Mulvaney and Graves are all members of the group, as is Landry.

Online: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov.

No-animal ordinance exempts service dogs

I noticed that Drew Park in Lake Charles has a sign at the gate stating, “No Animals.” Does this pertain to service dogs also?

No.

“The owner and/or person in charge of a dog or other domestic animal shall not permit entry of a dog or other domestic animal into any area of any city park,” reads Section 15-40 of the city code.

“The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs being used by the blind as guide dogs or to other recognized service dogs to the handicapped.”

Online: www.municode.com.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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