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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 New Testament as True Fiction

Douglas Templeton - 2004 - 392 Seiten
...in my Salt: The Plot of This Book Oats Is defined by the learned Doctor (Samuel Johnson 1805 sv) as 'a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people'. And, after: 'The oats have eaten the horses' (from [the better known] Shakespeare) a certain person,...
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Samuel Johnson

Timothy Wilson-Smith - 2004 - 160 Seiten
...idiosyncratic definitions. A lexicographer is A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge.™ Oats is A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the peopled He was almost prosecuted for libel because he maintained that excise, a recent and unpopular...
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The Valley of Kashmir

Sir Walter Roper Lawrence - 2005 - 478 Seiten
...publican's man would wait till the violets were withered and then claim 1 Cf. Dr. Johnson's definition of Excise : ' A hateful tax levied upon commodities,...adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid.' CHAP. XVII. a weight of violets probably double the...
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Critical Reflection: A Textbook for Critical Thinking

Malcolm Murray, Robert Malcolm Murray, Nebojsa Kujundzic - 2005 - 516 Seiten
...accused of inserting some of his own biases into the work. Consider the following droll selections: Oats. A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. (Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, 1755) Lexicographer. A writer of dictionaries;...
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Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture

E. N. Anderson - 2005 - 295 Seiten
...on oatmeal and oat cake, nutritious but stodgy. Dr. Johnson's dictionary famously defines "oats" as "[a] grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people" (Johnson 1963:2.68). (Scottish folklore, passed down to me from that side of my family, has it that...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 Seiten
...with interstices between the intersections. A Dictionary of the English Language (1755) 15 OATS. ... g which any story is ephemeral and doomed— love and honor and pity and pride and compassio A Dictionary of the English Language (1755) 16 PATRON. . . . Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence,...
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Eating and Drinking in Roman Britain

H. E. M. Cool - 2006 - 282 Seiten
...wonders if it gave rise to similar disdainful sentiments as Dr Johnson's celebrated definition of oats as 'A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people'. There is a certain amount of evidence that even if this was the initial...
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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. Oats: a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scodand supports the people. The inaccuracies are very collectible. Tarantula: an insect whose bite...
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Dictionary of Homonyms

David Rothwell - 2007 - 544 Seiten
...example. excise An excise is a toll or tax. It was wonderfully denned by Samuel Johnson in his Dictionary: '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.' But if you excise something, you cut it out, you obliterate...
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A Banquet of Books

National Library of Australia - 2007 - 80 Seiten
...theology. His definitions, meanwhile, became famous in their own right. Oats, according to Johnson, were 'a grain, which in England is generally given to horses but in Scotland supports the people'. A patron was 'one who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with indolence,...
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