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  • In Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II:

    Trajan was a fisher of frogs.

    Antoninus, a lackey.

    Commodus, a jet-maker.

    Pertinax, a peeler of walnuts.

    Lucullus, a maker of rattles and hawks'-bells.

    Justinian, a pedlar.

    Hector, a snapsauce scullion.

    Paris was a poor beggar.

    Cambyses, a mule-driver.

    snapsauce: a person who purloins food, steals the last bite when nobody is looking, or crassly licks his fingers while eating.

    December 12, 2008