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  • The curtain of a farce should rise on a butler and a parlourmaid remarking on the fact that master was suspiciously late last night; and the butler should be amorous, bibulous and peculative, and the parlourmaid coy and trim.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, March 26, 1919

  • A whiskey-drinking Corporation might feast its peculative eyes upon hogs wallowing in mud; and cellars where swarming beggars, for six cents a night, cover with rags their hideous heads -- where vice and crime are fostered, and into which your sensitive policeman prefers not to go, are giving out their seething miasma.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • Unlike other clubs, it was mainly used to talk in, and had special arrangements for the safety of umbrellas and such books as had not yet vanished from the library; not, of course, owing to any peculative tendency among its members, but because, after interchanging their ideas, those members would depart, in a long row, each grasping some material object in his hand.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Rather than write from a peculative view - it would be better to educate Americans about what they were denied - the full story on Afganistan and the BCCI scandal which everyone forgot.

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  • Nope - this proposal is/nice/in principal but for the majority on the ground overseas practical experience dictates that it would just dissolve into another peculative expedition to extract money and give nothing back - at all.

    British Blogs

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