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Shoat

shoat, n., a young weaned pig. Possibly Flemish in origin, the use of the word shoat first appears in the English language in the mid- 15th century.  Shoat has the secondary transferred meaning of an idle, worthless person. It is this…

Hurly-burly

hurly-burly

hurly-burly, n., Tumult, commotion, strife, uproar, turmoil, confusion (formerly a more dignified word than now). Hurly-burly first appears in the English language by the mid-sixteenth century. While most often found as a noun, it has an adjectival and adverbial form, and, for a…

New Feature

A foray into the indecipherable, neglected, uncommon or forgotten words found in the documents of the Yale Indian Papers Project       During the course of transcription, editors are faced with a number of challenges, most of which center…