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Mec, mede, met, mit, with, till it is as with, till as desired. Hoest, cough, difficulty of
respiration, wheezing. IT RAINS CATS AND DOGS. That is, the rain is violent and
drives to the face. 'Et reyn's hetse aen d'oogs ; q. e. this is a proper current into ...
... enter a chamber in a professional manner. Stille, without noise, secretly, quietly
. Mee, mede, with. Hose, hose, stocking. When we say, he ivalked in his
stockings, we mean without his shoes. A mouse is any thing but an emblem of
Mec, mede, with, that which is present with the object in question. The d in stand
is scarcely perceived in the usual pronunciation of that word any more than the b
is in crumb, dumb, thumb. READY CUT AND DRY. Formal discourse ; talk ...
Godd'is GRAMME* 'socho men ngriset For soche mattirs that takin mede ;t How
thei excuse 'hem and in what wise, Me thinkith thei ought gretely drede."
CHAUCER. THE MULLIGRUBS. A farcical term for a pain in the guts, the gripes,
M'aen, mei aen, mede aen, herewith, at the same time. THE MERRY ANDREW.
As the jester to the mountebank. De meerre end truwe ; q. e. the aid and
confidant to the principal; the assistant [attache] to the showman. Meerre, as the
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Anyone who has enjoyed the mad book of "French" nursery rhymes, "Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames" by Luis van Rooten will love this account of the "Dutch" origins of, not only old English nursery rhymes, but also common phrases like "Raining cats and dogs", expressed in real Dutch words that sound like the original, but translate as something quite different!
It's a long read, and probably more meaningful if you speak Dutch, but good for a straight-faced laugh, if you know what I mean!
I was also impressed by some of the nursery rhymes that haven't survived into modern English, because they are so politically incorrect.