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qroqqa commented on the word shawnness
. . . the small lips compressed into a short tight line by the soul's need to govern its sensibility; the sallowness, the shawnness, the close-cropped iron-grey hair . . .
—Max Beerbohm, 'Felix Argallo and Walter Ledgett'
This is hapax legomenon. The OED furnishes no clue what it might mean; yet the editions on Google Books agree on this reading.
August 3, 2009
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