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" , are ' very apt to desert and drop off in a long march. "
Principles of English Etymology - Page 390
by Walter William Skeat - 1892 - 547 pages
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GÉpea pteróenta. Or, The diversions of Purley. To which is annexed ..., Volume 1

John Horne Tooke - 1829
...progress of corruption in words to gain letters ;" and in the 131st page, that " Letters, like soldiers, are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march :" — they twice, in their 41st page, represent me as denyingthe possibility that any word should...
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The Diversions of Purley

John Horne Tooke - Language and languages - 1857 - 739 pages
...progress of corruption in words to gain letters ; " and in the 131st page, that " Letters, like soldiers, are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march :" — they twice, in their 41st page, represent me as denying the possibility that any word should...
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Spoon and sparrow, Gspéndein and GVár, fundere and passer ; or, English ...

Thomas Oswald Cockayne - History - 1861
...than losses at the beginning or in the middle. Horne Tookes neat remark that " Letters like soldiers are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march " is most applicable to those in the rear. The final M or N is often omitted in greek, thus lat. Septem='EтTTa...
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All the Year Round, Volumes 19-20

Charles Dickens - English periodicals - 1868
...is another illustration of the saying of Home Tooke concerning words, that " letters, like soldiers, are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march." Boston is short for Botolph's ton, which is short for Saint Bartholomew's Town. There is a place named...
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All the Year Round, Volume 19

Charles Dickens - 1868
...another illustration of the saying of Horne Tooke concerning words, that " letters, like soldiers, are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march." Boston is short for Botolph's ton, which is short for Saint Bartholomew's Town. There is a place named...
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principles of english etymology

rev. walter w. skeat - 1887
...diminished in course of time by various forms of loss. ' Letters, like soldiers,' says Home Tooke2, are ' very apt to desert and drop off in a long march.'...loss. This will be 1 The AS form is invariably teld or getcld, a tent, with a verb tcldian, to cover. The d is original, and becomes High German / in ult....
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The place-names of the Liverpool district; or, The history and meaning of ...

Henry Harrison - 1898 - 104 pages
...should be met with.1 " Letters, like soldiers," that acute philologist Home Tooke once observed, " are very apt to desert and drop off in a long march." Of this truism the vicinity of Liverpool is not behind other districts in affording good illustrations....
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