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  • I found this word in the Brothers Karamazov

    A fascinating origin from the New Oxford American Dictionary:

    costermonger is an apple-seller, among other things, and the "coster" part comes from "costard," a large ribbed cooking apple. "Costard" also used to be used to refer humorously to a person's head, naturally enough. It is derived from the Latin "costa," for rib or side. The word coast is also derived from this root, coming from the phrase "side of the sea."

    August 18, 2011

  • from "tripping," like a deer's walk

    August 23, 2009

  • n. stout fabric; adj. pompous, worthless

    August 23, 2009

  • a thin circular cake of flour or oatmeal

    August 23, 2009

  • in Joyce's Ulysses at least twice

    August 23, 2009

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