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 Witenagemot.Withe (1 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wit’ham.
 
You were born, I suppose, at Little Witham. A reproof to a noodle. The pun, of course, is on little wit. Witham is in Lincolnshire.   1
        “I will be sworn she was not born at Wittham, for Gaffer Gibbs … says she could not turn up a single lesson like a Christian.”—Sir Walter Scott Heart of Mid-Lothian, chap. xxxii.
   Puns of this sort are very common. (See BEDFORDSHIRE, NOD, DUNCE, CRIPPLEGATE, SHANKS’ NAG, etc.)   2
 


 Witenagemot.Withe (1 syl.). 

 
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