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Brewer's: Changeling

(2 syl.) A peevish, sickly child. The notion used to be that the fairies took a healthy child, and left in its place one of their starveling elves which never did kindly Oh, that it could b…

Brewer's: Change

Ringing the changes. Repeating the same thing in different ways. The allusion is to bell-ringing. To know how many changes can be rung on a peal of bells, multiply the known preceding numbe…

Brewer's: Chant du Depart

After the Marseillaise, the most celebrated song of the first French Revolution. It was written by M. J. Chénier for a public festival, held June 11th, 1794, to commemorate the taking …

Angelina Jolie

Name at birth: Angelina Jolie VoightOscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie is known as much for her offscreen romances, adoptions and political activism as for her movie roles. Angelina Jolie first mad…

Clint Eastwood

Name at birth: Clint Eastwood, Jr.Clint Eastwood is the Oscar-winning director of Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, and an iconic actor best known for his films as tough cop "Dirty Harry" Callahan a…

Brewer's: Henchman. Henchboy

The Anglo-Saxon hinc is a servant or page; or perhaps henges-man, a horse-man; henges or hengst, a horse. I do but beg a little changeling boy To be my benchman. Shakespeare: Midsummer Nigh…

Brewer's: Kensington

O'beron, king of the fairies, held his royal seat in these gardens, which were fenced round with spells “interdicted to human touch;” but not unfrequently his thievish elves wou…

Brewer's: Midsummer Night's Dream

some of the most amusing incidents of this comedy are borrowed from the Diana of Montemayor, a Spanish writer of pastoral romance in the sixteenth century; and probably the Knightes Tale in…

Brewer's: Oaf

A corruption of ouph (elf). A foolish child or dolt is so called from the notion that all idiots are changelings, left by the fairies in the place of the stolen ones. This guiltless oaf his…