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Curmudʹgeon (3 syl.)

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A grasping, miserly churl. Dr. Johnson gives the derivation of this word thus, “cœur mechant, unknown correspondent.” Dr. Ash, in his dictionary, says, “cœur, unknown; mechant, correspondent,” a blunder only paralleled by the schoolboy translation of the Greek, me genoito, by μη (God) γενoιτo (forbid) (Luke xx. 6).

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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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