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Definitions for Murial Robertson


Did you happen to find a word or phrase that you did not understand the meaning of as you read one of Murial's adventures? It is most likely because that particular wordage was used more often in the 1880s than what it is in today's vocabulary. Because the intent of my novels is for the reader to enjoy them, not to be confused by them, I have a compilation of some of the terms and phrases, along with their definitions on this page.

Did I miss one you have a question on? Please let me know through the contact page of this website and I will get back to you as soon as I can with the answer.

The Serpent's Star

Murial Robertson #1

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Boot-Lick - One who cringes to and flatters a superior for the purpose of obtaining favors; a lickspittle, a toady. (used on page 10, 14)

Lunk-Head - A heavy, stupid fellow. (used on page 12)

To Wind Up - 1. To close up; to give a quietus to an antagonist in debate. Also, intransitively, to shut up; to stop business. 2. To "wind up his worsted" is to give the very last turn of which an undertaking is capable. (Used on page 11 in the first meaning)

Soft-horn - A weak, credulous person. (used on page 64)

Dirt - In California, "dirt" is the universal word to signify the substance dug, — earth, clay, gravel, or loose slate. The miners talk of rich dirt and poor dirt, and of stripping off so many feet of "top dirt" before getting to "pay dirt," the latter meaning dirt with so much gold in it that it will pay to dig it up and wash it. (used on page 70 as poor dirt, meaning lower than dirt itself)

The above definitions are based on the following public domain book, in the United States of America, and have not been altered in any way from their original publication:

Bartlett, John Russell. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded As Peculiar to The United States. Fourth Edition ed., Little, Brown and Company, 1877.

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