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 Sof’farides (3 syl.).Soft Sawder. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Soft.
 
He’s a soft—half a fool. The word originally meant effeminate, unmanly; hence soft in brains, silly, etc., “soft in courage.” (3 Henry VI., ii. 2.)   1
 


 Sof’farides (3 syl.).Soft Sawder. 

 
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