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Q: What is meant by the word "cumfarting" in the 1742 English novel "Joseph Andrews"?

Jacob FordYes I know it sounds like a superslang portmanteau of modern obscenities (and indeed it is), which is why I was surprised to see it in a 1742 book, and why I'm asking. Toward the beginning of Book 4, Chapter 5 of The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams...

 
 
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@Bookworm some very cromulent words
 
 
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Q: "That’s because you’ve already made your wish." What does it mean?

Rand al'ThorHaruki Murakami's short story "Birthday Girl", available to read online, is about a girl working part-time as a waiter who gets to make a special wish on her twentieth birthday. In the frame story, she is telling an unnamed first-person narrator about the events of her twentieth birthday. She ask...

 
 
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Q: What’s up with the coal in “Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield”?

WrzlprmftIn Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield, the inhabitants of Gergovia are obsessed with wine and charcoal, all having shops selling both. The coal is used for a running gag in the book as the Romans often dirty themselves with coal dust when searching these cellars for something or somebody hiding t...

 

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