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Familiar

A cat, dog, raven, or other dumb creature, petted by a “witch,” and supposed to be her demon in disguise. (See below.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer…

Familiarity

Too much familiarity breeds contempt. Latin: Nimia familiaritas contemptum parit. French: La familiaritéengendre le méris. Italian: La famigliaritàfàdispregiamento. &#82…

Temples

(Pagan) in many respects resembled Roman Catholic churches. There was first the vestibule, in which were the piscina with lustral water to sprinkle those who entered the edifice; then the n…

Temple

(London) was once the seat of the Knights Templars. (See above.) Temple The place under inspection, from the Latin verb tueor, to behold, to look at. It was the space marked out by the R…

Familiar Spirits

Spirit slaves. From the Latin, famulus (an attendant). “Away with him! he has a familiar under his tongue.” —Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., iv. 7. Source: Dictionary of Phras…

My Life So Far

Director:Hugh HudsonWriter:Simon DonaldMiramax Films; 93 minutes; PG-13Release:7/99Cast:Colin Firth, Irene Jacob, Rosemary Harris, Robbie Norman My Life So Far cross breeds period drama with c…

Georgia on My Mind

A Preview of the 1999 Masters Tournament by Gerry Brown Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods, the last two golfers to win the green jacket, survey Augusta during a practice round for the 1999 Maste…

Shirley Temple

Child star Shirley Temple won a special Oscar in 1934, when she was just five years old, thanks to her amazing box office successes. A California native, Shirley Temple began acting in one-reel movies…

Temple Bar

called “the City Golgotha,” because the heads of traitors, etc., were exposed there. (Removed 1878.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Temple of So…

Temple of Solomon

Timbs, in his Notabilia, p. 192, tells us that the treasure provided by David for this building exceeded 900 millions sterling (!). The building was only about 150 feet long and 105 wide. T…