Fons et Origo to Foot
Fons et Origo (Latin). The primary cause. Fax et focus, the instigator, as Juno was the fax et focus of the Trojan war.
Font in printing, sometimes called Fount, a complete set of type of any one size, with all the usual
points and accents; a font consists of about 100,000 characters. The word is French, fonte, from fondre
(to melt or cast). When a letter of a different type to the rest gets into a page it is called a "wrong font," and
is signified in the margin by the two letters wf. (See Type.)
Fontarabia Now called Fuenterrabia (in Latin, Fons rapidus), near the Gulf of Gascony. Here, according
to Mariana and other Spanish historians, Charlemagne and all his chivalry fell by the sword of the Spanish
Saracens. Mezeray and the French writers say that, the rear of the king's army being cut to pieces,
Charlemagne returned and revenged their death by a complete victory.
"When Charlemagne with all his peerage fellFood Sir Walter Scott remarks that live cattle go by Saxon names, and slain meat by Norman-French, a standing evidence that the Normans were the lords who ate the meat, and the Saxons the serfs who tended the cattle. Examples:
Sheep Ox Calf Hog Pig (Saxon).
Mutton Beef Veal Bacon Pork (Norman- French).
Food of the gods. (See Ambrosia, Nectar.)
Food for Powder Raw recruits levied in times of war.
Foods and Wines Gastronomic curiosities.
Fool In chess, the French call the "bishop" fou, and used to represent the piece in a fool's dress; hence,
Regnier says, "Les fous sont aux échecs les plus proches des Rois" (14 Sat.). Fou is a corruption of
the Eastern word Fol (an elephant), as Thomas Hyde remarks in his Ludis Orientalibus (i. 4), and on
old boards the places occupied by our "bishops" were occupied by elephants.
"The ancient and noble family of Tom Fool."Fool [a food ], as gooseberry fool, raspberry fool, means gooseberries or raspberries pressed. (French, fouler, to press.)
Fool Thinks As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks (Latin, "Quod valde volumus facile credimus"). A foolish person believes what he desires.
Fool in his Sleeve Every man hath a fool in his sleeve. No one is always wise. The allusion is to the
tricks of jugglers.
Fool or Physician at Forty Plutarch tells us that Tiberius said "Every man is a fool or his own physician at forty." (Treatise on the Preservation of Health.)
Fools (French, fol, Latin, follis.)
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