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Black Letter Day

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An unlucky day; one to be recalled with regret. The Romans marked their unlucky days with a piece of black charcoal, and their lucky ones with white chalk.

Black-letter dogs. Literary antiquaries who poke and pry into every hole and corner to find out black-letter copies of books.


That from Gothic kennels eager strut.”


Matthias: Pursuits of Literature.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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