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to rule with a rod of iron

to rule with a rod of iron

  William Tyndale         A rod is a wand or staff as a symbol of office, authority, or power. This is exemplified by the name Black Rod, which designates, in the United Kingdom, the chief usher of the Lord Chamberlain’s department of the royal household, who is also usher to the House […]

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dunce

dunce

  A female student in a dunce’s cap and a man on the steps of the Tome Scientific Building around 1890 Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania Photographer: Charles Francis Himes       A dunce is a person who is slow at learning; a stupid person.   Dating back to the early 16th century, the word […]

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mum’s the word

mum’s the word

    Be like Dad – Keep Mum! Careless talk costs lives! a 1940-42 British poster (source: East Carolina University - http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/10976)           To keep mum is to remain silent, especially so as not to reveal a secret. And mum’s the word, as a request or warning, means say nothing; do not […]

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The ‘one’ in ‘alone’

The ‘one’ in ‘alone’

  William Tyndale (1494-1536)     Why is the element ‘one’ in alone and only not pronounced like the numeral one? And why does English, unlike most European languages, distinguish between a book and one book?   The Old English word ān has given both the indefinite article an (a before consonant) and the numeral one. In Scotland, ane has survived both as […]

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