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Spinning Jenny

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Jennie is a diminutive and corruption of engine (ʹginie). A little engine invented by James Hargreaves, a Lancashire weaver, in 1767. It is usually said that he so called it after his wife and daughter; but the name of his wife was Elizabeth, and he never had a daughter.

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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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Sphinx (The Egyptian)
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Spider
Spidireen or Spidereen
Spigot
Spilt Milk
Spindle-half
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Spinoza’s System
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