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 Sintram.Sir Oracle. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sir.
 
Latin, senex; Spanish, señor; Italian, signor; French, sieur; Norman, sire; English, sir. According to some, Greek alphanualphaxi is connected with Sir; on the analogy of εmu-muiotaiotamuiota) = Latin sum; alphamupiεrhoεzeta = Latin semper; opiozeta = Latin sapa.   1
   Sir (a clerical address). Clergymen had at one time Sir prefixed to their name. This is not the Sir of knighthood, but merely a translation of the university word domnus given to graduates, as “Dominus Hugh Evans,” etc.   2
 


 Sintram.Sir Oracle. 

 
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