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To chatter, to clack. Dr. Pusey thinks it is derived from Paternoster (the Lord’s Prayer). The priest recited it in a low, mumbling voice till he came to the words, “and lead us not into temptation,” which he spoke aloud, and the choir responded, “but deliver us from evil.” In our reformed Prayer Book, the priest is directed to say the whole prayer “with a loud voice.” Probably the “pattering of rain”—i.e. the rain coming with its pit-pat, is after all the better derivation.

Gipsy talk is so called from the French patois. (See Patavinity.)

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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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Patrick’s Cave (St.)
Patrick’s Cross (St.)
Patrick’s Grave (St.)
Patrick’s Monument (St.)
Patrick’s Purgatory (St.)
Patrick and the Serpent (St.)
Patrico or Pater-cove
Pattens-Money (Chapins de la Reina)
Pattieson (Mr. Peter)
Paul (St.)
Paul Pry
Paul and Virginia
Paul the Hermit (St.)
Paul of the Cross
Paul’s Man (A)
Paul’s Pigeons
Paul’s Walkers