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 Merry as a Cricket, or as a Lark, or as a Grig.Mersenne (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Merse.
 
Berwickshire was so called because it was the merc or frontier of England and Scotland.   1
 


 Merry as a Cricket, or as a Lark, or as a Grig.Mersenne (2 syl.). 

 
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