A contraction of ditto, which is the Italian détto (said), Latin dictus.
How do you do? i.e.
How do you fare? It should be, How do you du
(Anglo-Saxon, dug-an = valere
); in Latin, Quomodo vales
Well to do.
This, again, is not the transitive verb (facre
) but the intransitive verb (valere
), and means “well to fare.” (Anglo-Saxon. dug-an = valere.
To do him
i.e. cheat or trick a person out of something I have done the Jew
, i.e. over-reached him. The same as outdo
(to rhyme with go). The first or tonic note of the solfeggio system of music.
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la,
Italian; ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la,
French. The latter are borrowed from a hymn by Paulus Piaconus, addressed to St. John, which Guido, in the eleventh century, used in teaching singing:
“Ut queant laxis, Re -sonare fibris”,
-ra gestorum Fa
-muli tuorum, Sol
-ve pollutis La
“-biis reatum.” Sanctë Joannës
-tered be thy wondrous story, Re
-prehensive though I be, Me
make mindful of thy glory, Fa
-mous son of Zacharee;
-ace to my spirit bring, La
-bouring thy praise to sing. E.C.B.
WEIZIUS in Heortologio,
p. 263.) Le Maire added si
(seventeenth century). (See
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894