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Curse or Cuss

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Not worth a curse. I donʹt care a curse (or cuss). Here “curse” is a corruption of cerse or kerse. Similarly, the Latin nihil [nihilum] is ne hilum, not [worth] the black eye of a bean. Other phrases are “not a straw,” “not a pin,” “not a rap,” “not a dam,” “not a bit,” “not a jot,” “not a pin’s point,” “not a button.” (Anglo-Saxon, cerse, cress; German, kirsche, a cherry.)

“Wisdom and witt nowe is not worthe a kerse.”


Robert Langeland: Piers Ploughman.

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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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