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Naughty Figs (Jeremiah xxiv. 2)

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Worthless, vile (Anglo-Saxon náht, i.e. n negative, aht aught). We still say a “naughty boy,” a “naughty girl,” and a “naughty child.”

“One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe… The other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten.”

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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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Nativity (The)
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Naught (not “nought”)
Naught
Naughty Figs (Jeremiah xxiv. 2)
Navigation
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