Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Lutheran Ladies' Laugh

Martin Luther married a woman named "Katharine." His early side-kick, Philip Melanchthon, also married a woman named "Katharine." Mrs. Melanchthon's maiden name had been "Katharine Krapp*." ---No wonder she wanted to get married, even if she had to acquire such a clunky new last name & a kind of wimpy-looking husband!!!

"Krapp" is actually a German word for "red dye." The ancestors probably moved into the middle class by selling this. Katharine's farther was the mayor of Wittenberg. Yes, Mayor Krapp, not to be confused with Major Crap, which you find all over the internet!!!

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