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Sep 20, 2019
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Shakespearean insults

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gorbellied

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gorbellied

PRONUNCIATION:
(GOR-bel-eed)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a large belly: fat.

ETYMOLOGY:
From gorbelly (large belly), from gor (gore) + belly, from Old English belig (bag). Earliest documented use: 1529.

USAGE:
“Saint Thomas, Stephen, smiling, said, whose gorbellied works I enjoy reading in the original.”
James Joyce; Ulysses; Sylvia Beach; 1922.

“Falstaff: Hang ye, gorbellied knaves, are ye undone? No, ye fat chuffs.”
William Shakespeare; Henry IV, Part 1; 1623.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. -Upton Sinclair, novelist and reformer (20 Sep 1878-1968)

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