A Dictionary of English Etymology

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Trübner & Company, 1872 - English language - 744 pages
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Page xxx - His godlike guest, walks forth, without more train Accompanied than with his own complete Perfections ; in himself was all his state, More solemn than the tedious pomp that waits On princes when their rich retinue long Of horses led, and grooms besmeared with gold, Dazzles the crowd, and sets them all agape.
Page lxvii - I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool, With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news, Who, with his shears and measure in his hand, Standing on slippers, (which his nimble haste Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet) Told of a many thousand warlike French, That were embattailed and rank'd in Kent : Another lean, unwash'd artificer Cuts off his tale, and talks of Arthur's death.
Page xiv - The onomatopoeic theory goes very smoothly as long as it deals with cackling hens and quacking ducks ; but round that poultry-yard there is a dead wall, and we soon find that it is behind that wall that language really begins.
Page 343 - Sir, against one o'clock prepare yourself; Till when you must be fasting; only take Three drops of vinegar in at your nose, Two at your mouth, and one at either ear; Then bathe your fingers...
Page 307 - And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death : tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Page 441 - These, when a child haps to be got, Which after proves an idiot, When folks perceive it thriveth not, The fault therein to smother, Some silly doating brainless calf, That understands things by the half, Says that the fairy left this aulf, And took away the other.
Page 501 - There's another: why may not that be the skull of a lawyer ? Where be his quiddits now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery?
Page 139 - I showed the statute to you. Face. You did so. Dap. And will I tell then ! By this hand of flesh, Would it might never write good courthand more, If I discover.
Page 300 - who know very little of arts or sciences, or the powers of nature, will laugh at us Cardiganshire miners, who maintain the existence of knockers, in mines ; a kind of good-natured impalpable people, not to be seen but heard, and who seem to us to work in the mines ; that is to say, they are the types, or forerunners, of working in mines, as dreams are of some accidents which happen to us.
Page xxii - There are no doubt in every language interjections, and some of them may become traditional, and enter into the composition of words. But these interjections are only the outskirts of real language. Language begins where interjections end. There is as much difference between a real word, such as

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