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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…