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Ben Jonson in Cynthia's Revels used the nonce-word irpe: "From Spanish shrugs, French faces, smirks, irpes, and all affected humours,
In an issue of N. & Q. not two weeks later, in commenting on a correspondent's plea for help in tracing the form irpe, Skeat wrote:
The authorities guess that an irpe is a fantastic grimace or contortion of the body.
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