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Darbies

(2 syl.). Handcuffs. This is derived from “Darby and Joan,” because originally two prisoners were linked together as Darby and Joan. “Hark ye! Jem Clink will fetch you the…

Darby and Joan

A loving, old-fashioned, virtuous couple. The names belong to a ballad written by Henry Woodfall, and the characters are those of John Darby, of Bartholomew Close, who died 1730, and his wi…

Mary Oliver

Poet Mary Oliver is a National Book Award winner and the Pulitzer Prize winning author of 1984's American Primitive. Although Mary Oliver was raised in Ohio, much of her poetry is focused on the land…

Robinson, Edwin Arlington

Robinson, Edwin Arlington[1869-1935](3)Born at Head Tide, Maine, Dec. 22, 1869. Educated at Harvard University. Mr. Robinson is a psychological poet of great subtlety; his poems are usually s…

Boisserean Collection

A collection at Stuttgart of the early specimens of German art, made by the three brothers Boisseree. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894BolayBoiley A B C D …

Curious Collections

America's weird museums by Laura Hayes Arts & Entertainment | American History Gruesome | Medical Marvels | Curious Collections | Really Weird Science Curious Collect…

Curious Collections

America's weird museums by Laura Hayes Arts & Entertainment | American History Gruesome | Medical Marvels | Curious Collections | Really Weird Science Curious Collecti…

Prosperity Robinson

Viscount Goderich, Earl of Ripon, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1823. In 1825 he boasted in the House of the prosperity of the nation, and his boast was not yet cold when the great financi…

Robinson Crusoe

Alexander Selkirk was found in the desert island of Juan Fernandez, where he had been left by Captain Stradling. He remained on the island four years and four months, when he was rescued by…

Jack Robinson

Before you can say Jack Robinson. Immediately. Grose says that the saying had its birth from a very volatile gentleman of that name, who used to pay flying visits to his neighbours, and was…