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Gibʹberish (g hard)

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Geber, the Arabian, was by far the greatest alchemist of the eleventh century, and wrote several treatises on “the art of making gold” in the usual mystical jargon, because the ecclesiastics would have put to death any one who had openly written on the subject. Friar Bacon, in 1282, furnishes a specimen of this gibberish, He is giving the prescription for making gunpowder, and says—

“Sed tamen salis-petræ

LURU MONE CAP URBE

Et sulphuris.”

The second line is merely an anagram of Carbonum pùlvere (pulverised charcoal).

⁂ “Gibberish,” compare jabber, and gabble.

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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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