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#124504 - 03/04/04 04:46 PM handsel  
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Subject: A.Word.A.Day--handsel
handsel (HAND-sehl) also hansel (HAN-) noun (Chiefly British)

1. A gift to express good wishes at the beginning of a new year or
enterprise.

2. The first money or barter taken in, as by a new business or on the
opening day of business, especially when considered a token of good
luck.

3. A first payment. A specimen or foretaste of what is to come.

verb tr.

1. To give a handsel to.

2. To launch with a ceremonial gesture or gift.

3. To do or use for the first time.

[Middle English hanselle, from Old English handselen, a handing over : hand, hand + selen, gift, and from Old Norse handsal, legal transfer : hand, hand + sal, a giving.]




#124505 - 03/04/04 05:26 PM Re: handsel  
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and gretel?




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#124506 - 03/04/04 05:31 PM Re: handsel  
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That's gredtel, cygne.


#124507 - 03/04/04 05:33 PM Re: handsel  
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ah. I was using the "Chiefly British" spelling...



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