“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Monday, June 3, 2013
I Am Not Making This Up!
"Incensed, (fr. animé): said of panthers and other wild beasts borne with fire issuing from their mouths and eyes." (Parker, A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry)
"animé: [Fr.] animated; excited; spoiling for a fight; hence, of a beast depicted with eyes gules, not, as often er[roneously] stated, one breathing fire and exuding flames from the ears which is blazoned 'incensed' (q.v.)" Franklyn and Tanner, An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Heraldry) (Of course, under "incensed" they merely say, "see animé.")
So I guess the logo of the Baltimore Blast (a soccer, as we say in the States, or fútbol south of the Rio Grande River, team based in Maryland) could be blazoned as: a soccer ball incensed. (The image above is taken from a flyer announcing a game between the Baltimore Blast and and the local Dallas Sidekicks.)
I suppose an argument could be made for it to be blazoned as a type of fireball, but most fireballs I've seen have only four flames, issuant from a roundel to chief, base, and each flank (or the four cardinal directions, if you prefer). No, I think I prefer a soccer ball incensed.