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  • In Balzac, which I know by heart, in Shakespeare, which I have just begun to love, I find words deeply impregnated with the savour of life; but in George Meredith there is nothing but crackjaw sentences, empty and unpleasant in the mouth as sterile nuts.

    Confessions of a Young Man 1892

  • (_aside_) Now for some crackjaw, mystic apophthegm.

    Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller 1782


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  • Difficult to pronounce. (Listed in MW3.)

    November 12, 2007

  • Especially if your jaw happens to be in this condition. ;-)

    November 12, 2007