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1882 Excerpt: ... originally knowing, clever, skilled in a craft or
trade. The Bible speaks of 'cunning workmen.' Demure, originally of
good manners, now staid, grave. Disaster, an unkindly star (Gr.
aster, a star); a term from the old astrology. Fond once meant
foolish. Gazette, a small newspaper, originally a small coin. The
newspaper was so named because a gazetta was paid for it. Gossip
sib, or related, in God), originally a sponsor in baptism. Gossip
is the kind of talk that goes on between people who are connected
witha family. Compare Fr. commere and commerage. Heathen, an
unbeliever, originally a dweller on a heath. Compare pagan, a
dweller in a pagus, or country canton. Idiot, from Gr. t'diotes, a
private person. It afterwards meant a person who kept himself aloof
from public business and politics; a person despised by the
Athenians. Imp, formerly used in a good sense, meaning scion or
offspring. Now a demon of mischief. Impertinent, not relating or
belonging to the matter in hand. Influence, a flowing down from the
stars; originally a term in astrology. Kind, originally born; hence
natural, and so loving. Knave, originally a boy or servant. Sir
John Mandeville speaks of Mohammed as a ' poure knave.' Miser
sometimes means merely a wretched creature. Spenser, Faerie Queene,
II. i. 8: Vouchsafe to stay your steed for humble miser's sake.'
Officious, sometimes used in a good sense, obliging, serviceable.
Shakspeare, Tit. And. V. ii. 202: 'Come, come, be every one
officious To make this banquet.' Ostler = hosteller, properly the
keeper of a hostelry or hotel; now applied to the horse-groom.
Pagan, from paganus, a dweller in a canton, a countryman or
villager; hence a heathen or unbeliever. Christianity was first
preached in the large cities. Painful, originally painsta...
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• Ltd Chambers W. And R.
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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