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  • "Ane curlorous coffe, that hege-skraper

    He sittis at hame, quhen they that baik: --

    He tellis thame ilk caik be caik." --Bannatyne Manuscript, 1568, in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh. Cited by Dr. Jamieson in his Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841, under the entry for curlorous.

    Interesting that yarb's quote (below) refers to a scraping hedgecreeper.

    June 1, 2011

  • Jeepers!

    March 6, 2010

  • Perhaps (quoth I) you may haue some few greasie cauelliers that will seeke to disswade you from it, and they will not sticke to stand on theyr three halfe pennie honour, swearing and staring that a man were better be an hangman than an intelligencer, and call him a sneaking eausdropper, a scraping hedgecreeper, and a piperly pickthanke, but you must not bee discouraged by theyr talke, for the most part of those beggerly contemners of wit, are huge burlybond butchers like Aiax, good for nothing but to strike right downe blowes on a wedge with a cleauing beetle, or stande hammering all daie vppon barres of yron.

    - Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, 1594

    March 6, 2010