On the side, doodle history

Note: Not meant to be historically correct, just my thoughts

Doodle and drawing, it`s been here as long as humans, we have always doodled in some way. Decorating cave walls, doodling on rocks, carving in wood and now on electronic devices. What a leap.

I wonder what people living thousand years ago would think of doodling today. First, we probably had to explain what a doodle is. The word doodle was first known in the early 17 century, and it meant something else.

Wikipedia. The word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton.It may derive from the German Dudeltopf or Dudeldop, meaning simpleton or noodle (literally “nightcap”). It is the origin of the early eighteenth-century verb to doodle, meaning “to swindle or to make a fool of”. The modern meaning emerged in the 1930s either from this meaning or from the verb “to dawdle”, which since the seventeenth century has had the meaning of wasting time or being lazy”

a lot of questions

Then we had to show them our doodling tools, pencils, pens, etc. Not to forget our electronic devices. What would they think, I wonder. What tool would a person doodle with in 1018? I know they used among other things charcoals in cave paintings, maybe they still used it? And occasionally pen and ink.  I think they used metal point in the Middle Ages too, it was used directly on parchment and maybe other surfaces.  I think Silverpoint was most popular.

What surface would they doodle on then? When reading the history of paper I understand that paper was invented in China about 2000 years ago, but it didn`t come to a knowledge of Europeans until 1100 (but it might be wrong), so I guess my guests wouldn`t know paper.  They did have other options like tablets, parchment, and vellum.

I wonder if we would doodle the same, not things that didn`t exist back then of course, but like nature, animals and people.  I guess for most people living 1000 years ago life consisted of sowing, plowing, hunting, gathering food and wood, and of course, some people lived in cities too. Depending on where they lived they might have faced the threat of attack from neighbors or foreign invaders. Most of them (or nearly all) didn`t go to any form of school, but they all went through the school of life.

I wonder

I think it would have been interesting having a Meetup, a lot to learn, and so many questions to ask. I wonder…..

 

-Bird

 

 

 

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