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Inventors Punished

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A curious instance of the sin of invention is mentioned in the Bridge of Allan Reporter, February, 1803:—

“It is told of Mr. Ferguson’s grandfather, that he invented a pair of fanners for cleaning grain, and for this proof of superior ingenuity he was summoned before the Kirk Session, and reproved for trying to place the handiwork of man above the time-honoured practice of cleaning the grain on windy days, when the current was blowing briskly through the open doors of the barn.”

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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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Interpreter (Mr.)
Intone
Intoxication
Intrigue
Inure
Invalide (French)
Inveigle
Invention of the Cross [discovery of the cross]
Inventors Punished
Inventors Punished
Investiture. (Latin, clothing in or putting on canonicals.)
Invincible Doctor
Invisibility
Invisibles
Invulnerability
Iol (pron. Yol)
Ionian Mode
Ionic Accomplishments
Ionic Architecture
Ionic School or Ionic Philosophers