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marmalade

marmalade

  photograph: bbc.co.uk     According to folk etymology, when feeling out of sorts, Mary Queen of Scots could only eat one thing: a conserve made of oranges, which was subsequently named after her. Among the numerous zany versions of the story, the following etymological gem appeared in The Gay Galliard: the Love Story of […]

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deuce

deuce

  Augustine of Hippo       MEANING   Dating back to the mid 17th century, the word is used as a euphemism for devil in expressions of annoyance, impatience, surprise, etc., such as what the deuce are you trying to do?, how the deuce are we to make a profit?.     ORIGIN   […]

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