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Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:

  • Shrive (company name): comp.sys.mac.hardware - 20 Feb 1992 by John A. Weeks III
    You can buy new Mac protables for $1300 from several Apple liquidators, such a Shrive or Sun Remarketing.
  • shrive: bit.listserv.christia - 3 Mar 1992 by JEK
    The day before the beginning of Lent is known as Shrove Tuesday. To shrive someone, in old-fashioned English, is to hear his acknowledgement of his sins, to assure him of God's forgiveness, and to give him appropriate spiritual advice. The term survives today in ordinary usage in the expression "short shrift". To give someone short shrift is to pay very little attention to his excuses or problems. The longer expression is, "to give him short shrift and a long rope," which formerly meant to hang a criminal with a minimum of delay.

Hippietrail 06:14, 5 Mar 2005 (UTC)