The laughing love-god in her eye,— All my former will beguiling, Never was such dupe as I! Happen rapidly; a “dose of salts” is a quick-acting laxative. Just her collar and shoes that was all that had stayed. The image and sound of the expiring quack of a dying duck is funny enough—except to the duck of course — to which PGW adds hard consonants and alliteration, almost making a tongue-twister out of it — but then, to give the duck the human quality of a broken heart—known as anthropomorphism—makes this the kind of sentence that people laugh out loud at, and have to try to explain it to those who have overheard. [NTPM], “There’s gold in them thar hills,” from the California and Alaska Gold Rush days of the 1840s and 1890s. Queenie was there with her hair in a braid.
He has heard of Hittites, Hivites and Jebusites; of the parable of the talents of the prodigal son; and of Samson and Delilah, but not what they did to each other. Anyhow, these eight sisters were renowned for their loveliness, and all the unmarried gentlemen of France—according to the story—as well as foreign knights, came to pay court to them. Theatrical, in front at the middle of the stage, Something having a sudden and sensational effect [1925–30], an English express passenger train, known for speed, that has run from London to Penzance in Cornwall since 1904. “Yes, I would.” “But we were at school together, Bertie.” “I don’t care.” “The old school, Bertie, the old school!” “Oh well, dash it!”, British interjection, a colloquial form of cheerful assent; “Right you are!” is a similar expression [1895–1900], (busy as a) beaver: to work very hard or industriously, Reluctant to eat, as an animal; without appetite, due to being ill or not feeling well, A foolish, useless, or ill-advised venture, fit for a mug — a gullible person, dupe, or fool [1905–10], Literally, roasted chicken with watercress, A fool there was and he made his prayer (Even as you and I!) I am sure it goes back a long way, like “Gadzooks,” which stems from “God’s hooks.” (Don’t ask!)
[NTPM] It’s been described as a “smarmy love song with tremolos:” “I have a true and noble lover, he is my sweetheart, all my own; His like on earth who shall discover? Here are the full lyrics: Queenie was a country lass and rated rather slow, Queenie came to New York town and there she joined a show.
Hunky-dory: About as well as one could wish or expect; satisfactory [1865–70], Mental depression or hypochondria [1325–75], “And by the sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck”. Family coat of arms; To soil or blot the escutcheon is to bring dishonor on the family by one’s actions [1470–80], “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. There was one other interesting contribution that, for some reason, elicited no reaction.
It is their custom to do their hair when they are about to risk their lives. The Union Postal Clerk, February 1910, p. 11.
If one homeowner built a house with some degree or ornamentation, his neighbor, not to be outdone, would add more elaborate decoration to his own, including, for example, knobs on the top of fence posts. When he died at the age of about 18 years, he was buried in a hastily-prepared tomb in the Valley of the Kings, close to the Nile, opposite Luxor.
I’ve had more than a few questions answered for me in their forum. The next use by PGW is in “Keeping Up With Terpsichore” (Vanity Fair, Oct 1919): “The Phrygian Corybantes danced in honor of Cybele, and every time the festival of Rhea Silvia came around the ancient Roman hoofers were there with their hair in a braid.”. If you refuse me, Honey you’ll lose me, then you’ll be left alone; Oh baby, telephone, and tell me I’se your own!” Hello Ma Baby (1899) by Howard and Emerson, Nonsense syllables to indicate beats or musical accompaniment to a song, Theatrical term referring to the first performance, as in opening night, A sign of expression of dislike or derision; a loud, abrasive spluttering noise made with the lips and tongue to express contempt [1615–25]; known as a Bronx cheer in America, Br. Bertie teases with the stockbroker and the chorus girl in “Bertie Changes His Mind” (1922) but he doesn’t tell that one, either. Say, don’t you remember? But as is normally the case, you will more likely find yourself in a cell for the rest of the night and standing before the local magistrate in the morning. 1. “I’m a stranger in your country, and have done you no harm.” “No harm!” cried one who seemed to be their leader. For example, you must be well dressed. So he died.” Judges 4.21 [NTPM], Expiring quack of a duck dying of a broken heart. A. Powell in Athens and Sparta (Routledge, 2001) observes: The famous long hair of Sparta’s soldiers was meant to be conspicuous and intimidating; according to Xenophon, “Lykourgos ... allowed the hair to be grown long, thinking that in this way [Spartans] would appear as larger and be more frightening.” With the leonine Spartans we may compare the French grenadiers and British guardsmen of the nineteenth century, with their large hats. George Ade: “The Intermittent Fusser”, Cosmopolitan, November 1912 p. 700, and in Ade’s Fables (1914). Because this mating process is so intricate, scientists wondered how pile driving noise might affect it, particularly because longfin squid are such an important species in the ecosystem and commercial industry. She emerged from the kitchen as he opened the front door, and he greeted her with a “Hullo, Ma” which he hoped did not sound too much like a death rattle.
He became celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations, and his ability to perform seemingly gravity-defying leaps. In early 1949, US equivalent would have been about ten cents. Ma baby, Hello!
Perhaps derived from “beck” an archaic term for a constable.
[NTPM]. At any rate, I’m sure there wasn’t any tradition about Spartan braids in the early 20th century from which “with my hair in a braid” can have stemmed.
We gloss over the pages, relishing in the story, the characters, the language and the humor, and we don’t have to look up what all these obscure references may mean because his meanings and intent usually come through very clearly. The Blue Bird was adapted for a 1919 film of the same name by Maurice Tourneur, one of the masters of early cinema. Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop (1840) is the perfect example of Victorian melodrama, the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. [TM], Lightly touch upon; discuss only generally, “O death, where is thy sting? “To get cold feet,” goes the theory, then eventually came to mean backing out of any risky situation, whatever excuse was given. —NM], “Never mind the consequences — speak your mind or do what you think must be done.” 14th-century proverb: “Hew not too high lest the chips fall in thine eye.” The term alludes to chopping wood and is usually joined to a statement that one should do what is right (that is, the woodcutter should pay attention to the main task of cutting logs and not worry about small chips). Presumably, a group of right-minded citizens; In A Wodehouse Handbook, Murphy says that (the performance of Salome’s Dance at the Village concert discussed here was sanitized, or words to that effect) by the “Mothers Union.” In both the Jenkins and Didier first editions, it is the Woman’s Institute—the “Mother’s Union” isn’t mentioned at all. [NTPM].
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