ready-reckoner love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book of tabulated calculations, giving the value of any number of things from the lowest monetary unit upward, as also the interest on any sum of money for any period from a day upward, etc.; a book of tables to facilitate calculations.


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  • Tommy was a tailor by trade, and made use of a ready-reckoner to assist him in making up his accounts, and his familiarity with that useful book was shown when reading the second verse of the forty-fifth Psalm, which Tommy invariably read: "My tongue is the pen of a _ready-reckoner_," to the immense delight of the youthful members of the congregation.

    The Parish Clerk

  • Oswald Danes is starting to look like less of a character than a ready-reckoner by which RTD can juxtapose any socially repellent strain of humanity and signpost HOW EVIL DOES THIS PERSON LOOK COMPARED TO A PAEDOPHILE MURDERER?

    Torchwood: Miracle Day – episode four

  • β€œTo wit: the power of always being master of himself; of profiting more or less, under all circumstances, by every event, however fortuitous; in short, of having within himself a cold and disinterested other self, who looks on as a spectator at all the changes of life, noting our passions and our sentiments, and whispering to us in every case the judgment of a sort of moral ready-reckoner.”

    Another Study of a Woman

  • Apparatus_, and in attempting to discover how on earth to use it, whether as a game, or a puzzle, or a ready-reckoner, the Baron's hair is turning from grey to white.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 99, July 12, 1890

  • When we are dealing with men, our ready-reckoner rules do not work out correctly.


  • Why work out sums in your head when you can buy a ready-reckoner?

    Try Anything Twice

  • We are to judge of every individual case as it arises, apparently without any social summary or moral ready-reckoner at all.

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Now take the number and follow it through the history of religions by means of some theological ready-reckoner, such as a cheap dictionary by Migne.

    Devil-Worship in France or The Question of Lucifer

  • We have checked that statement, with the aid of a ready-reckoner and a Latin dictionary, and we find it substantially correct.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 18, 1914

  • Both have their ready-reckoner in their hands, the one congratulating himself as the interest mounts up, the other groaning at the growth of his calamities.

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works


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