Monday, 14 February 2011

Useful new word for Valentine's Day: Fribbler

A Fribbler is one who professes Rapture and Admiration for the Woman to whom he addresses, and dreads nothing so much as her Consent.
R. Steele Spectator No. 288. 1712

Found in Dr Johnson's Dictionary while trying to establish the difference bewteen frost and hoar-frost (the latter being frozen dew, of course, as any fule kno).

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