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capricious “poet, honest Ovid, was among the Goths—As the most,” AS YOU LIKE IT, iii. 3. 6.Caper, capri, caperitious, capricious, fantastical, capering, goatish; and by a similar sort of process are we to smooth Goths into goats(CALDECOTT) . “No doubt there is an allusion to caper here; but there seems to be also one to capere; at least the word capricious may be used in the sense of ‘taking.’ Compare [Brewer's?] Lingua, ii. 2, Dodsley's Old Plays, vol. v. p. 132, last ed.; ‘Carry the conceit I told you this morning to the party you wot of. In my imagination 'tis capricious, 'twill take, I warrant thee’” (W. N. LETTSOM) . The old spelling of “the Goths” was“the Gotes.

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