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Tom O' Bedlam
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  • Somewhere between Jupiter's Olympus and Dante's Inferno
39 votes
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Why "Giraffe" as a name for the animal?

21 votes
2 answers
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Deciphering two words from their Archaic spellings

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4 answers
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Where did "humongous" first appear?

8 votes
1 answer
390 views

Was the Shark frightening to 16th / 17th-century English speakers?

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2 answers
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Did the word "Crocodile" have a dreadful connotation in London 1600s?

7 votes
3 answers
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What is the first mention/use of the word "America" in print in an English written/translated source

7 votes
1 answer
4k views

Did Shakespeare really coin "Alligator"?

6 votes
5 answers
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word for "Capturing one's attention by means of a great tragedy"

6 votes
1 answer
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Meaning of "Friday face" in 1592

5 votes
1 answer
391 views

First use of "jack-o'-Lantern” in reference to the Carved-Pumpkin?

5 votes
2 answers
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When did the word "alien" begin referring to extraterrestrial beings?

4 votes
1 answer
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Where was the idiom "long face" first used?

3 votes
1 answer
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What word would have been used in-place of 'even' during 17th century London

2 votes
1 answer
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What is the most vulgar word one could use when describing "LIFE" and a phrase for an "ALL-HATING GOD"

2 votes
3 answers
324 views

Is "alas on me" correct?

2 votes
5 answers
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What do you call a green-land right behind a sea-shore?

2 votes
1 answer
951 views

Might "worm" in Psalms 22.3 refer to "wyrm"/"wurm"? [closed]

2 votes
1 answer
431 views

Who coined "the eye of heaven"?

2 votes
3 answers
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What word was used with the meaning of "suicide" pre-1650s?

2 votes
1 answer
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Meaning of Log [long] Life from 1564?

1 vote
4 answers
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"Floh-ree-dah" rather than "Flor-duh"

1 vote
1 answer
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"Pecking of" or "Pecking on"

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'MURDER" or "MURTHER" ? -- Question on when distinct (archaic) spellings for words were used and when not

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1 answer
326 views

"Ground into" or "Ground to"

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1 answer
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Word for a "blackened" and "abhorred" sky

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1 answer
111 views

Word for feeling threatened or wrathfully jealous because one believes another can be better than they are?

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1 answer
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Word for an opening inside an island where water lies? [closed]

0 votes
1 answer
345 views

Are there any poetic names for a "rainbow"

0 votes
1 answer
72 views

What is a word which means "un-deliberately uncooperative"? (originating back to at least the 17th-century)

0 votes
3 answers
71 views

Synonyms for Hell-fire? [closed]