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 Garagantuan.Garci’as (g hard). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Garble (g hard)
 
properly means to sift out the refuse. Thus, by the statute of 1 James I. 19, a penalty is imposed on the sale of drugs not garbled. We now use the word to express a multilated extract, in which the sense of the author is perverted by what is omitted. (French, garber, to make clean; Spanish, garbillar.)   1
        “A garbled quotation may be the most effectual perversion of an author’s meaning.”—McCosh: Divine Government, p. 14.
   One of the best garbled quotations is this: David said (Psalm xiv. 1), “There is no God” (omitting the preceding words, “The fool hath said in his heart.”)   2
 


 Garagantuan.Garci’as (g hard). 

 
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