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" A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid. "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Seite xxxiv
von Samuel Johnson - 1806
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The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester - 2004 - 260 Seiten
...generally given to horses, but which in Scotland feeds the people'. Some were reckoned libellous, as 'Excise: A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and...adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid'. Not a few were self-effacing, like 'Lexicographer:...
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Spelling First, Band 3

Ray Barker, Christine Moorcroft - 2003 - 48 Seiten
...time), although he gave some personal and idiosyncratic definitions for some words: for example, OATS A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. Before Samuel Johnson compiled his Dictionary of the English Language, spelling was not standardised...
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Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle

Steven Vogel - 2003 - 370 Seiten
...crop. Nor in most places do humans eat oats in quantity. Samuel Johnson may have described oats as "a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people." But Scotland had a much lower population than its oat-eschewing neighbors. Second comes plowing force...
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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare - 2000 - 128 Seiten
...(Johnson). 17. a very insipid Diet, tbough common enough in many Parts of Europe: Johnson defines oats as 'A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people'. 18. Provocative: 'Anything which revives a decayed or cloyed appetite' (Johnson). 19. significant:...
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The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

Melvyn Bragg - 2004 - 322 Seiten
...fraud; deceit. A French word neither elegant nor necessary. The Scots are also there to be biffed. Oafs: a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. The inaccuracies are very collectible. Tarantula: an insect whose bite is only cured by musick. There...
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Laughter: The Secret of Good Health

S.P. Sharma - 2002 - 115 Seiten
...Johnson defined a man of his calling, a 'writer of dictionaries', as 'a harmless drudge' and 'oats' as a 'grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people'. 'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel', wrote Johnson and Shaw followed it with, 'Every man...
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Cupboard Love 2: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities

Mark Morton - 2004 - 337 Seiten
...language in 1755, imbued many of his entries with dry wit. His entry for oats, for example, defines it is "a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people." Much different is the Oxford English Dictionary, which (to my knowledge) cracks a smile only once in...
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Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec

Margaret Bennett - 2004 - 345 Seiten
...the cantankerous old lexicographer might have his say, if only to give way to Boswell's riposte: SJ: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland, supports the people. JB: But where have you seen such horses or such men? Chapter 3 records methods of planting, harvesting...
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Economic Botany: Principles And Practices

G.E. Wickens - 2004 - 535 Seiten
...in times of scarcity. A somewhat similar opinion was also expressed by Samuel Johnson (1755) "Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people". It was not until the 19th century that oats became accepted in England as a staple breakfast food....
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Text Types and the History of English

Manfred Görlach, Professor of English and Chair of Linguistics and Medieval Studies Manfred Gorlach - 2004 - 330 Seiten
...such as the oft-quoted ironic asides by Johnson: LEXICOGRAPHER. (...) a harmless drudge (...) OATS. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. PENSION. (...) In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason...
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