Wednesday, January 04, 2006

hiatus, n., a pause

hiatus, n., a pause that both implies previous, and promises future, activity. ("When he himself might his hiatus make / With a mere merkin?" --Ld. Bacon, Hamnet, ou Le Distrait, III.i.83-84, 1607) [from Latin hiatus, from past participle of hiare, to gape.]


Blogger dus7 said...

Great, so what is a merkin?

Don't make me define it... lol.

(Something about eating small pickles whilst wearing a leather vest...)

Friday, January 06, 2006 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger dus7 said... does have a definiton of merkin. ... Does it fit into your example quotation? I will let others decide, lol. (I am not providing a link.)

Saturday, January 07, 2006 2:03:00 PM  

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