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Somerset

Anciently Sumorsoete or Sumorsoet - i.e. Suth-mor-soet (south moor camp).

Somerset

or Somersault. A leap in which a person turns head over heels in the air and lights on his feet. (Latin, super saltus; French, soubresaut.) Sometimes a person will turn twice or thrice in the air before he touches the ground.

First that could make love faces, or could do
The valter's sombersalts.

Donne: Poems, p. 300.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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