Notes and Queries

Notes and Queries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...217.)--' There's no delay, they ne're stand shall I shall I, Hermogenes with Uallila doth dally." (John Taylor, The Water Cormorant, ic. date 1622.).... I don't stand shill 1, shall I, then j if I say't m do't." (Congreve, The Way of the World, III. 15, date 1700.) John Addis. S.'s suggestion that this noun is nothing more than a corruption of "shall I, shall I," carries one difficulty with it, viz., the change of " shall I" into shitty. Shilly-shally does certainly mean wavering, hesitating, undecided, oblique, but in my mind the derivation given by Thomson in his Etymons is the true one. He says it is from the "Gothic skialg, sktelg, corresponding with raoMfs. See Sltail," under which word he says that it means oblique, crooked, indirect; Swed. skelg, Belg. schetl; Teut. schiel, o-Ktwfa. The word skue also is of the same kind, meaning oblique, indirect; Gothic, ska, skar; Swed. skef: Dan. skiarv; Teut. schief, scheich; Belg. scheef; Scot, skew: Welsh, osgo. J. J. "hear! Hear!" (4th S. ix. 200, 220.)--Lord Lyttelton's view is confirmed by the old catch--"M r. Speaker, tho' tis late I rise to lengthen the debate--Order! order! hear hiin! Hear him! Sir. I shall name you if you stir--Order! Order! Pray support the Chair." W. G. "Proud of his 'hear hims!' proud too of his vote, And lost virginity of oratory." Don Juan, canto xiii. stanza 91. W. J. Bernhard Smith. Macthbb (4, h S. ix. 05, 107, 207): Eastern Counties Provincialisms.--The following extract from the writings of Sir Thomas Browne, M.D., of Norwich, the author of the Religio Medici, and that quaint book Pseudodo.ria Epidemica; or, Enquiries into very many received Tenets and commonly presumed Truths, may amuse readers...show more

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