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St Laurence (d. 258)


'Laurence' can also refer to...


Laurence (c. 1128—1180) archbishop of Dublin






Laurence Renehan (1797—1857) college head

Laurence Price (fl. c. 1618—1685) ballad and chapbook writer

Laurence Pringle (b. 1935)

Laurence Rooke (c. 1619—1662) astronomer

Laurence Schwab (1893—1951)

Laurence Shirley (1720—1760) murderer

Laurence Stallings (1894—1968)

Laurence Sterne (1713—1768) writer and Church of England clergyman

Laurence Stephen (c. 1362—1418) ecclesiastic and suspected heretic

Laurence Vaux (1519—1585) Roman Catholic priest

Laurence Whitaker (1578—1654) politician

Laurence Wright (1590—1657) physician

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Laziness personified, a lazy person (lazy Laurence is also used); this association of the personal name with the quality is first recorded in the proverbial Laurence bids wages, meaning that the attractions of idleness are tempting.

It has been suggested that there is an allusion to the heat prevalent around the time of the feast of St Lawrence (10 August). Another conjecture is that there was a joke to the effect that when the martyr St Lawrence told his torturers to turn him round on his gridiron, it was because he was too lazy to move by himself.

In the US, laurence is also used for the shimmering effect that can be seen on a road or other surface on a hot day; this may again derive from the association of St Lawrence with heat.

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