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  • I just got that Lobscouse book thingie, but haven't read it yet. I'll post here if I find out anything new.

    June 29, 2009

  • I came hoping to find the definition of "fritoon," as well, having also encountered it in O'Brian's work. I tried adding a T, subtracting an O, spelling it fritune, and even Frenchifying the spelling, to no avail. Too bad. Do you suppose the author made the word up at one time, and then began using it in his work? I have done that myself with my vocabulary, making up words and using them as though they had been vetted by the OED.

    June 29, 2009

  • Has anyone been able to find a definition for this word? I tried a number of archaic/specific dictionaries, and tried adding an additional T.

    October 20, 2008

  • Sounds like a tasty breakfast pastry.

    March 10, 2008

  • "Killick and his mates were on their way with trays of glasses, bottles, fritoons and what other delicacies the Surprise could afford."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 203

    March 7, 2008