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It has been a misconception in this regard, which has evidently bewildered most
of our later philologists. To tell us English is like Anglo-Saxon, and to mean it
comes out of that dialect, is, as to suppose one siser the parent of the other
Implying, of course, in the speaker of this apostrophe, no great regard for the
person addressed by it, and that he thinks him a vain ambitious person without
either talent or industry. People when they drown themselves are sure to be more
The phrase is generally used in regard to some intended official enquiry into a
government fraud, thus in no serious light, but rather as a good joke, as they say.
Koelsmoeds, is a familiar term for dispassionately, temperately ; and equivalent
An expression in reference to the interference of some more efficient agent in
regard to the business in question ; to the appearance of some more resolute
personage than was concerned before in a concern that lingered. Hij haest
vroegh dij ...
... own happiness from want of resolution; to suffer indignities from one over
whom you were constituted the master, he that should have been looked up to by
the other; and thus to permit the order of things to be reversed in regard to
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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.