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  1. Artifex
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    Why ay

    What is the meaning of "why ay" expression?

    Samples:

    1)
    ...
    Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see't.
    O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here?
    What's this? A sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon.
    What, up and down, carv'd like an appletart?
    Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
    Like to a censer in a barber's shop.
    Why, what a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?
    ...

    2)
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    "Why, ay," says the squire, "I believe I do know a little of that matter, as you say. But, come, Tommy, drink about; the bottle stands with you."
    ...

    3)
    ...
    “Why-ay”, says Sir David, slowly, “ay, people don’t understand what was meant. Blockheads don’t understand”’.
    ...


    4)

    ...
    MARIA LOUISA

    O I have !

    Horrible things. Why ay, a hundred times
    I have said I wished him dead ! ...
    ...

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    Re: Why ay

    Quote Originally Posted by Artifex View Post
    What is the meaning of "why ay" expression?

    Samples:

    1)
    ...
    Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see't.
    O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here?
    What's this? A sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon.
    What, up and down, carv'd like an appletart?
    Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
    Like to a censer in a barber's shop.
    Why, what a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?
    ...

    2)
    ...
    "Why, ay," says the squire, "I believe I do know a little of that matter, as you say. But, come, Tommy, drink about; the bottle stands with you."
    ...

    3)
    ...
    “Why-ay”, says Sir David, slowly, “ay, people don’t understand what was meant. Blockheads don’t understand”’.
    ...


    4)

    ...
    MARIA LOUISA

    O I have !

    Horrible things. Why ay, a hundred times
    I have said I wished him dead ! ...
    ...
    Where did you get this from?

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