Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Daily Dose

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

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