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    unusual for me words

    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read Findling’s “Tom Jones” where I noted a few unusual for me words. Please, pay attention to the words in bold bellow.

    An author ought to consider himself not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary at which all persons are welcome for their money. In the former case, it is well known that the entertainer provides what fare he pleases, and though this should be very indifferent and utterly disagreeable to the taste of his company, they must not find any fault; nay, on the contrary, good breeding forces them outwardly to approve and to commend whatever is set before them. Now, the contrary of this happens to the master of an ordinary. Men who pay for what they eat will insist on gratifying their palates, however nice and even whimsical these may prove; and, if everything is not agreeable to their taste, will challenge a right to censure, to abuse, and to d-n their dinner without control.

    To prevent, therefore, giving offence to their customers by any such disappointment, it hath been usual with the honest and well-meaning host to provide a bill of fare, which all pesons may peruse at their first entrance into the house; and, having thence acguainted themselves with the entertainment which they may expect, may either stay and regale with what is provided for them or may depart to some other ordinaty better accommodated to their taste.

    eleemosynary (adj.)

    · of, relating to, or dependent on charity.
    · contributed as an act of charity; gratuitous.

    ordinary (n) = a tavern or an inn providing such a meal.

    bill (n) =
    · an itemized list or statement of fees or charges.
    · a statement or list of particulars, such as a theater program or menu.
    · the entertainment offered by a theater.
    · a public notice, such as an advertising poster.

    1. · a piece of legal paper money: a ten-dollar bill.
    2. slang. One hundred dollars.


    1. · a bill of exchange.
    2. Obsolete. A promissory note.


    1. · A draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body.
    2. The law enacted from such a draft: a bottle bill in effect in three states; the GI Bill.

    fare (n) =

    1. a transportation charge, as for a bus.
    2. a passenger transported for a fee.
    3. food and drink; diet: simple home-cooked fare.

    That "phare" (a lighthouse) with the gourmet restaurant may have delicious "fare" (the price of passage, food, or drink) but not at a "fair" (just or impartial) price.

    bill of fare =

    1. a list of dishes offered; a menu.
    2. a list of items or events in a presentation; a program.

    Would you be kind enough tell me whether the words in question are common in your area? Do they have present-day sounding?

    Would you tell me whether d-n means disdain?


    Thank you for your efforts.


    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: unusual for me words

    Some of them are archaic, like public ordinary. Others are obscure, like eleemosynary treat .

    Last edited by RonBee; 04-Jul-2008 at 16:00. Reason: spacing

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    Re: unusual for me words

    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your ascertainment expressed in your post at the present thread.

    I rest satisfied as a result of the fact that you drew a conclusion in corroboration of what I said.

    Regards.

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