From Words in Time and Place, by David Crystal
"A 'pea pod' -- an unlikely source of a curse, but evidently used by some seventeenth-century playwrights as a mock imprecation. In John Day's The Isle of Gulls (1606, 5.1), Mopsa curses the absent Dorus with 'A peascod on him.'"
From Oaths and Exclamations
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Posted by usedbuyer 2.0 at 12:33 AM
Labels: Daily Dose, David Crystal, English, language, New Books, Quotations, words
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