Monday, July 05, 2010

Forgotten phrases.

Can you explain them without a dictionary in hand and without resorting to google ….

okay .... so you can cheat. ...

“Aye, sir. Pull out a cable’s length!”

A servant of Cacodaemon if there ever was one.

If the four living Calculators where here, we could do no better.”
Hint: Jedediah Buxton was one.

“He is esquire to a knight-errant, donzel to the damsels.” – Butler

A table of Entremets and Kickshaws! How delightful!

Where? To paradise, though the way is Faye.

Another such Lusus Naturae and I am turning back!

5 comments:

  1. Gary Inbinder8:24 AM

    Hi Pixie,

    I'll admit I cheated. ;)


    “Aye, sir. Pull out a cable’s length!”

    Cable is a nautical measurement.It can be the length of an anchor chain. It can also be 200 yards.

    A servant of Cacodaemon if there ever was one.

    "Cacodaemon" An evil spirit.

    If the four living Calculators where here, we could do no better.”
    Hint: Jedediah Buxton was one.

    "Calculator" A person who can do complex calculations in their head.

    “He is esquire to a knight-errant, donzel to the damsels.” – Butler

    "Donzel" a page; a young male servant to a lady.

    A table of Entremets and Kickshaws! How delightful!

    Entremets and Kickshaws. Light refreshments, fancy sweets, etc.

    Where? To paradise, though the way is Faye.

    Not sure about this. "Fay" can be archaic for "faith" but it can also refer to fairies.

    Another such Lusus Naturae and I am turning back!

    "Lusus Naturae" A freak of nature.

    Gary

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  2. In a late 19th Century context, who were the four living Caluclators?

    Entrements and kickshaws ... we still commonly use one of those words, though in abreviated fashion. What is it?

    Faye is still open ... Anyone?

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  3. More:

    "I left a generous douceur; it should seal her mouth."

    "He's as regular as a Jack o' the Clock and twice as annoying."

    "My Lord, I've hired a band of routiers bound for Calais. A sack of your gold forstalled them. They await."

    "He's as fast as Master Magrath. I'll wager all I have."

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  4. a douceur is a bribe
    jack o the clock is the figure that comes out to strike the hour on some bell tower clocks
    routiers were mercanaries
    master mc grath was a greyhound racing dog
    good game :)

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  5. Entremets = treats

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