from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete spelling of mastic.
  • [Appar. an attrib. use of mastic with ref. to masticate.] Masticatory: only in the following passage, where modern editions and many manuscripts have mastiff.


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  • I was actually referring (facetiously) to O'Brian - who I do still plan on reading... if I ever manage to machete my way through the dense growth of my tbr pile.

    January 28, 2011

  • I wouldn't call Pears highbrow, but the book is a good read, in my opinion.

    January 27, 2011

  • You're right, of course.

    *turns a bright shade of pink*

    January 27, 2011

  • Don't let those highbrow so-called "classics" interfere with your nightly romps with Rabelais.

    January 27, 2011

  • Curse my luck. How is it that I should see this on the exact day I finally went to the library and checked out the first of twenty Patrick O'Brian books?

    *mutters to self*

    January 26, 2011

  • Ooh, another good book! We must have similar reading lists.

    October 6, 2008

  • "Maintaining an outward show of imperturbability, I took my portable pestle and mortar and began to grind up the ingredients; some mastick for sticking, a grain of sal ammoniack, two of frankincense, a dram of white vitriol and two grains of niter and verdigris both. Once these were pounded into a smooth paste, I then added the linseed oil, drop by drop, until the mixture had reached the right degree.

    'Where is the powder of worms?' I asked."
    —Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 20

    October 6, 2008