or Taffety. A fabric made of silk; at one time it was
watered; hence Taylor says, “No taffaty more changeable than they.” “Notre mot taffeta est formé, par onomatopée, du bruit que fait
The fabric has often changed its character. At one time it was silk
and linen, at another silk and wool. In the eighteenth century it was
lustrous silk, sometimes striped with gold.
Smooth sleek phrases, euphemisms. We also use the words fustian,
stuff, silken, shoddy, buckram, velvet, satin, lutestring, etc., etc.,
to qualify phrases and literary compositions spoken or written.
Taffata phrases, silken terms precise,
Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost, v. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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