Rambles Among Words; Their Poetry, History And Wisdom

Paperback | May 13, 2012

byWilliam Swinton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 Excerpt: ...With all the rash dexterity of wit.' " But we have not done with our Latinisms yet. Thus have we not still 'quorums:' that is to say, bodies--quorum--of whom these present are legally sufficient to transact the business. ' Quidnuncs ' are at present quite as anxious as ever to know what now? while there would seem to be even an increase of ignorant empirics, with their ' Nostrums,' in regard to which they vauntingly say: " Id nostrum est--this is ours--an arcanum which nobody else possesses, and wherewith we will cure all your maladies!" From quacks and quackeries we naturally stroll to ' Mountebanks '--who, it is evident, have their character lurking out from their very name: for it is impossible to conceal from us, that he is just one who mounts Hie bench (monte banc), and there rants respecting his own skill and the infallibility of his medicines; often, however, managing very effectually to 'gull' and ' coney-catch' (what very rabbits they must be) the ' greenhorns '--literally such. Talking about ' gulling' (which we still have) and ' coney-catching' (which we do not have), I should notice that D'Israeli, in the "Curiosities of Literature," has a curious passage in regard to this practice, which the reader may consult for himself. And in Overbury's Characters, we have also the following: " He cheats young guh that are newly come to towne; and when the keeper of the Ordinary blames him for it, he answers him in his owne profession, that a wuodcocke must be plucked ere it be drest." Page 230 and following. The allusion to the woodcock as typical of a person of intense verdancy and witlessncss was quite in vogue some time ago. Thus we have in Shakespeare: " 0 this woodcock! what an ass it is I" Taming of Ac Shr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 Excerpt: ...With all the rash dexterity of wit.' " But we have not done with our Latinisms yet. Thus have we not still 'quorums:' that is to...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021774639X

ISBN - 13:9780217746397

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