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  • A different sense, from

    The classics faculty in Cambridge is a modest, 1960s building on the leafy Sidgwick Avenue

    Is this new, or simply synecdoche?

    January 30, 2018

  • See Michael Quinion's World Wide Words 2013-07-27 for the definition (

    This has my vote for a word to be restored to common use.

    July 27, 2013

  • Typo (bad scan?) in Century def 2:

    To sec; perceive.

    should probably read:

    To see; perceive.

    November 28, 2011

  • The first example for tempted reads:

  • "I would almost be tempted is not for the contempt she has shown for her readership."
  • —7 Things That Could Go Wrong On Election Day - Swampland -
  • First, it is taken from a comment to the cited TIME column, and this should be indicated. Second, the word is is clearly incorrect, and would better be followed by sic.



    December 28, 2010

  • I suspect that this definition for tolled needs correction. It is not “simple past tense and past participle of tolled,” but “simple past tense and past participle of toll” (sans ‘ed’).

    December 14, 2010

  • I'm no expert on early English printing (15th and early 16th century) but it seems to me that xij, xj, vij, vj, cij, cj, and related are simply numbers in roman numerals. The final i is often a j in the texts I have been reading. The examples here are consistent with that.

    October 24, 2010

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