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yarb commented on the word spick and span
What seemed most extraordinary of all, was that these literary larcenies were palmed upon the purchasers for spick and span new wares, and if, by any strange and improbable chance, a thick-headed critic should stumble with his noddle smack against some palpable plagiarism, the author would plead guilty to the indictment, and make a merit of serving up at second-hand
What Gellius or Stobaeus hash'd before,
Though chewed by blind old scholiasts o'er and o'er.
- Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12
October 10, 2008
dario commented on the word spick and span
Entirely new - fresh or unused.
May 13, 2010