Merry Men to Mexitli
Merry Men (My). A chief calls his followers his merry men. (See above.)
Merry Men of Mey An expanse of broken water which boils like a caldron in the southern side of the Stroma channel.
Merry Monarch Charles II. (1630, 1660-1685).
Merry-thought The furcula or wishing-bone in the breast of a fowl; sometimes broken by two persons, and the one who holds the larger portion has his wish, as it is said.
Merry as a Cricket or as a Lark, or as a Grig. The French say, Fou (or Folle) comme le branlegai, and more commonly Gai comme un pinson (a chaffinch). Branlegai is a dance, but the word is not in use now.
Merse Berwickshire was so called because it was the merc or frontier of England and Scotland.
Mersenne (2 syl.). The English Mersenne. John Collins, mathematician and physicist, so called from Marin Mersenne, the French philosopher (1624-1683).
Merton (Tommy). One of the chief characters in the tale of Sandford and Merton, by Thomas Day.
Merton College Founded by Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester, and Lord High Chancellor in 1264.
Meru A fabulous mountain in the centre of the world, 80,000 leagues high, the abode of Vishnu, and a perfect paradise. It may be termed the Indian Olympos.
Merveilleuse (3 syl., French). The sword of Doolin of Mayence. It was so sharp that when placed
edge downwards it would cut through a slab of wood without the use of force. (See Swords .)
Mesmerism So called from Friedrich Anton Mesmer, of Mersburg, in Suabia, who introduced the science into Paris in 1778. (1734-1815.)
Mesopotamia The true Mesopotamia ring (London Review)- i.e. something high-sounding and pleasing, but wholly past comprehension. The allusion is to the story of an old woman who told her pastor that she found great support in that comfortable word Mesopotamia.
Mess = 4. Nares says because at great dinners ... the company was usually arranged into fours. That
four made a mess is without doubt. Lyly expressly says, Foure makes a messe, and we have a messe
of masters (Mother Bombie, ii. 1). Shakespeare calls the four sons of Henry his mess of sons (2
Henry VI., act i. 4); and Latine, English, French, and Spanish are called a messe of tongues (Vocabulary,
1617). Again, Shakespeare says (Love's Labour's Lost, iv. 3), You three fools lacked me ...
to make up the mess. Though four made a mess, yet it does not follow that the officer's mess is so
called, as Nares says, because the company was arranged into fours, for the Anglo-Saxon mese, like
the Latin mensa = table, mes Gothic = dish, whence Benjamin's mess, a mess of pottage, etc.
Messalina of Germany (The). Barbary of Cilley, second wife of Kaiser Sigismund (15th century).
Metalogicus by John of Salisbury, the object of which is to expose the absurdity and injurious effects of wrangling, or dialectics and metaphysics. He says, Prattling and quibbling the masters call disputing or wrangling, but I am no wiser for such logic.
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