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COMPOUND WORDS. Anomalous compounds

Anomalous Compounds. We still, though rarely, abbreviate "the other" into "t'other," but we could not say “The t'other.” B. J. Cy's. Rev. iv. 1; v. 1 (a corruption of E. E. pet oper).

“Yea, and furr'd moss when winter flowers are none,
To winter-ground thy corpse.

i.e. perhaps "to inter during winter." So "to winter-rig" is said (Halliwell) to mean "to fallow land during winter."

"And" is omitted in

“At this odd-even and dull watch of the night.

Cicero says, that the extreme test of a man's honesty is that you can play at odd and even with him in the dark. And perhaps "odd-(and-)even" here means, a time when there is no distinguishing between odd and even.

As there is a noun "false-play," there is nothing very remarkable in its being converted thus into a verb:

“Pack'd cards with Cæsar and false-played my glory.

A terse compound is often invented for special use, made intelligible by the context. Thus, the profit of excess is called

“Poor-rich gain.

“Where shall I live now Lucrece is unlived.” Ib. 1754.

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