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chopping “French—The,” RICHARD II., v. 3. 124. “Chopping means changing; . . . in this sense the Duchess of York may apply the word to the French expression of Pardonnez moi, which gives a directly opposite meaning to the English word pardon, in the way she wishes the king to speak it” (PYE) . “The Duchess calls the language ‘the chopping French’ on account of the convertibility of such terms as pardonnez moi, which, apparently consenting, mean the very reverse” (COLLIER) .

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