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Soapy Sam


Samuel Wilberforee, Bishop of Oxford, and afterwards of Winchester. (1805–1873.) It is some-what remarkable that the floral decorations above the stall of the bishop and of the principal of Cuddesdon, were S. O. A. P. (the initials of Sam Oxon and Alfred Pott. When Samuel Wilber-force went to inspect the building he was dismayed at seeing his sobriquet thus perpetuated.

Someone asking the bishop why he was so called, the bishop replied, “Because I am often in hot water, and always come out with clean hands.”

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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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Snow King
Snowdrop (The)
Snuff Out
Soane Museum
Soap (Castile)
Soaped-pig Fashion (In)
Soapy Sam
Sober or Sobrius
Sober as a Judge—i.e. grave and sedate
Sobrino (in Orlando Furioso)
Sobriquet (French)
Société de Momus
Sock [comedy]
Sock a Corpse (To)

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