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 Parlour (A).Parme’nianists. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Par’lous.
 
A corrupt form of perilous, in slang = our modern use of “awful,” amazing, wondrous.   1
       
“Oh! ’tis a parlous lad.”
       
Shakespeare: As You Like It, iii. 2.
 


 Parlour (A).Parme’nianists. 

 
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