The new, reassuring face of old extremism Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Gospel of Matthew ...
Puss [u sounded as in ‘full’]; the mouth and lips, always used in dialect in an offensive or contemptuous sense:—“What an ugly puss that fellow has.” “He had a puss on him,” i.e. he looked sour or displeased—with lips contracted. I heard one boy say to another:—“I’ll give you a skelp (blow) on […]
jinrikishas, from The Gist of Japan (1897), by the Reverend R. B. Peery The English noun rickshaw is a shortening of the Japanese jinrikisha, which seems to have first appeared in English in A Ramble Round the World, 1871 (1874), the translation by Mary Elizabeth Herbert (1822-1911) of Promenade autour du monde, 1871 […]
Thomas Cobham as Marmion (1827), by John Rogers, published by George Virtue, after Thomas Charles Wageman – photograph: National Portrait Gallery MEANING absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas ORIGIN The word dates back to the first half of the 18th century and originally meant a use of […]
Winchester House (from a view by Hollar, 1660) MEANING prison ORIGIN The Clink was the name of a prison in Southwark, London. A Svrvay of London. Conteyning the Originall, Antiquity, Increase, Moderne estate, and description of that City, written in the yeare 1598, by Iohn Stow […]