from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small book for special reference; a manual; a handbook.
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October 14, 2008 at 6:32 am an kittehs awlwaez rule teh howse…iz rule in kitteh handybook 101, aifinkso, yesh, ai shur.
An excellent handybook which provides the necessary information for making many worthwhile articles in which boys delight, such as (p. 199) windmills, water-wheels, aeroplanes, boats, rafts, toboggans, and snow-shoes; illustrated with working diagrams.
It is thus that respectable people desire to have their Greathearts address them, telling, in mild accents, how you may make the best of both worlds, and be a moral hero without courage, kindness, or troublesome reflection; and thus the Gospel, cleared of Eastern metaphor, becomes a manual of worldly prudence, and a handybook for Pepys and the successful merchant.
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