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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Curmud’geon (3 syl.).
 
A grasping, miserly churl. Dr. Johnson gives the derivation of this word thus, “cœur mechant, unknown correspondent.” Dr. Ash, in his dictionary, says, “cœur, unknown; mechant, correspondent,” a blunder only paralleled by the schoolboy translation of the Greek, me genoito, by mueta (God) gammaεnuoiotatauo (forbid) (Luke xx. 6).   1
 


 Curfew Bell.Currant. 

 
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