Glubdubdrib to God

Glubdubdrib The land of sorcerers and magicians visited by Gulliver in his Travels. (Swift.)

Gluckist and Piccinists A foolish rivalry excited in Paris (1774-1780) between the admirers of Glück and those of Piccini - the former a German musical composer, and the latter an Italian. Marie Antoinette was a Glückist, and consequently Young France favoured the rival claimant. In the streets, coffeehouses, private houses, and even schools, the merits of Glück and Piccinini were canvassed; and all Paris was ranged on one side or the other. This was, in fact, a contention between the relative merits of the German and Italian school of music. (See Bacbuc.)

Glum had a sword and cloak given him by his grandfather, which brought good luck to their possessors. After this present everything prospered with him. He gave the spear to Asgrim and cloak to Gizur the White, after which everything went wrong with him. Old and blind, he retained his cunning long after he had lost his luck. (The Nials Saga.)
   To look glum. To look dull or moody. (Scotch, gloum, a frown; Dutch, loom, heavy, dull; Anglo-Saxon, glom, our gloom, gloaming, etc.)

Glumdalclitch A girl, nine years old, and only forty feet high, who had charge of Gulliver in Brobdingnag. (Swift: Gulliver's Travels.)

"Soon as Glumdalclitch missed her pleasing care,
She wept, she blubbered, and she tore her hair."
Glutton (The). Vitelius, the Roman emperor (15-69), reigned from January 4 to December 22, A.D. 69.

Gluttony (See Apicius , etc.)

Gnatho A vain, boastful parasite in the Eunuch of Terence (Greek, gnathon, jaw, meaning "tongue- doughty").

Gnomes (1 syl.), according to the Rosicrucian system, are the elemental spirits of earth, and the guardians of mines and quarries. (Greek, gnoma knowledge, meaning the knowing ones, the wise ones.) (See Fairy, Salamanders.)

"The four elements are inhabited by spirits called sylphs, gnomes, nymphs, and salamanders. The gnomes, or demons of the earth, delight in mischief, but the sylphs, whose habitation is in air, are the best conditioned creatures imaginable." - Pope: Pref. Letter to the Rape of the Lock.
Gnostics The knowers, opposed to believers, various sects in the first ages of Christianity, who tried to accommodate Scripture to the speculations of Pythagoras, Plato, and other ancient philosophers. They taught that knowledge, rather than mere faith, is the true key of salvation. In the Gnostic creed Christ is esteemed merely as an eon, or divine attribute personified, like Mind, Truth, Logos, Church, etc., the whole of which eons made up this divine pleroma or fulness. Paul, in several of his epistles, speaks of this "Fulness (pleroma) of God." (Greek, Gnosticos.) (See Agnostics.)

Go (Anglo-Saxon, gan, ic ga, I go.)
   Here's a go or Here's a pretty go. Here's a mess or awkward state of affairs.
   It is no go. It is not workable. "Ça ira, " in the French Revolution (it will go), is a similar phrase.
   (See Great Go, and Little Go.)

Go (The). All the go. Quite the fashion; very popular; la vogue.

Go along with You In French, Tirez de long, said to dogs, meaning scamper off, run away. Au long et au large, i.e. entirely, go off the whole length and breadth of the way from me to infinite space.
    "To go along with some one," with the lower classes, means to take a walk with someone of the opposite sex, with a view of matrimony if both parties think fit.

Go-between (A). An interposer; one who interposes between two parties.

Go-by To give one the go-by. To pass without notice, to leave in the lurch.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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