from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The land of Cock-aigne.
  • n. The place of future existence of lubbers: a kind of nautical purgatory.


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  • It may seem to us an idle lubberland, a paradise of do-nothings; -- Mr. Ruskin sees in it only a "dim, stupid, serene, leguminous enjoyment."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • "Emerge from the lubberland of dreams, and be swift in attendance upon a wight whose wandering star has led him to your hospitable gate."

    The Lady of Loyalty House A Novel

  • On the contrary, nothing so facile, pellucid, pleasant to read had appeared in modern literature -- a poetic lubberland, a "clear, unwrinkled song."

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • Elation at mere existence, pure cosmic emotion and delight, would, it seems to me, quench all interest in those speculations, if the world were nothing but a lubberland of happiness already.


  • Truth I cried, though the heavens crush me for following her; no falsehood! though a whole celestial lubberland were the price of apostacy.

    Thomas Carlyle


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  • (noun) - A slang term anciently applied to London - substituted for Cocaigne by the poets and wits of the 16th century. Lud's Town, a name sometimes anciently given to London was so called after Lud, a mythical king of England. "And on the gates of Lud's Town set your heads." Shakespeare's Cymbeline.

    --Henry Reddall's Fact, Fancy, and Fable, 1889

    January 19, 2018

  • "There is no law nor lawyer's fees

    All men are free from fury,

    For ev'ry one do's what he please,

    Without a judge or jury:

    The summer-time is warm they say,

    The winter's ne'er the colder,

    They have no landlords' rent to pay

    Each man is a free-holder."

          -- An Invitation To Lubberland

    May 26, 2008

  • A mythical paradise reserved for those who are lazy.

    May 14, 2008