from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Flattery; blarney: used in the phrase soft sawder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A corrupt spelling and pronunciation of
- noun [Slang] seductive praise; flattery; blarney.
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His knowledge of “soft sawder and human natur” is as great as that of Sam Slick, his inimitable representative; and many a shoeless Irish girl is induced to change
It concerns the phrase "soft sawder", meaning the same as "soft soap" and coined in the 19th century by Judge Haliburton of Nova Scotia.
It seems from the evidence that soft sawder very quickly caught on in North America, and soon enough across the Atlantic in Britain, too.
The Governor made kindly remarks on the hospital, which fluent Mr. Ng Choy doubtless rendered into the most fulsome flattery; the chairman complimented the Governor, and unlimited “soft sawder,” in Oriental fashion, passed all round.
I think it's getting into regional and class variations: "sohlder" would be extreme RP, "sawder" quite plausible in a strong rural Devon accent.
“We are not formally engaged,” had given little comfort, since the General had added, “That was soft sawder.”
But with an abundance of soft sawder with which he is most generous.
I didn't know what "soft sawder" was, but learned later that "soft solder" was the phrase and that it meant exaggerated speech or flattery or both.
Why, then, do you waste so much energy, and money, and civility, and 'soft-sawder,' to preserve the vulpine race?
"None of your soft-sawder, Master Frank," replied the old lady; "I will do what I can to make your peace, as I promised; but, as to anything further, you must be a man, and speak up for yourself."
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