Pangloss to Panurge
Pangloss (Dr.). A learned pedant, very poor and very conceited, pluming himself on the titles of LL.D. and A.SS. (Greek, All-tongue.) (Colman: Heir-at-Law.)
Panic On one occasion Bacchus, in his Indian expeditions, was encompassed with an army far superior
to his own; one of his chief captains, named Pan, advised him to command all his men at the dead of
night to raise a simultaneous shout. The shout was rolled from mountain to mountain by innumerable
echoes, and the Indians, thinking they were surrounded on all sides, took to sudden flight. From this
incident, all sudden fits of great terror have been termed panics. (See Judges vii. 18-21.)
Panjandrum The Grand Panjandrum. A village boss, who imagines himself the Magnus Apollo of his
neighbours. The word occurs in Foote's farrago of nonsense which he composed to test the memory of
old Macklin, who said he had brought his memory to such perfection that he could remember anything
by reading it over once.
Pantables To stand upon one's pantables. To stand upon one's dignity. Pantables are slippers, and
the idea is se tenir sur le haut bout- i.e. to remit nothing.
Hee standeth upon his pantables and regardeth greatly his reputation.- Saker: Narbonus (1590).
Pantagruel' So called because he was born during the drought which lasted thirty and six months, three
weeks, four days, thirteen hours, and a little more, in that year of grace noted for having three Thursdays
in one week. His father was Gargantua, the giant, who was four hundred fourscore and forty-four years
old at the time; his mother, Badebec, died in giving him birth; his grandfather was Grangousier (q.v.). He
was so strong that he was chained in his cradle with four great iron chains, like those used in ships of
the largest size; being angry at this, he stamped out the bottom of his bassanet, which was made of
weavers' beams, and, when loosed by the servants, broke his bonds into five hundred thousand pieces
with one blow of his infant fist. When he grew to manhood he knew all languages, all sciences, and
all knowledge of every sort, out-Solomoning Solomon in wisdom. Having defeated Anarchus, King of
the Dipsodes, all submitted except the Almirods. Marching against these people, a heavy rain fell, and
Pantagruel covered his whole army with his tongue. While so doing, Alcofribas crawled into his mouth,
where he lived six months, taking toll of every morsel that his lord ate. His immortal achievement was
his voyage from Utopia in quest of the oracle of the Holy Bottle (q.v.).
Wouldst thou not issue forth ...Pantagruel was the last of the race of giants.
My thirst with Pantagruel's own would rank.- Punch, June 15th, 1893, p. 17.Pantagruel' (meant for Henri II., son of Francois I.), in the satirical romance of Rabelais, entitled History of Gargantua and Pantagruel.
Pantagruelion The great Pantagruelion law case (Lord Busqueue v. Lord Suckfist). This case, having nonplussed all the judges in Paris, was referred to Lord Pantagruel for decision. The writs, etc., were as much as four asses could carry, but the arbiter determined to hear the plaintiff and defendant state their own cases. Lord Busqueue spoke first, and pleaded such a rigmarole that no one on earth could unravel its meaning; Lord Suckfist replied, and the bench declared We have not understood one single circumstance of the defence. Then Pantagruel gave sentence, but his judgment was as obscure and unintelligible as the case itself. So, as no one understood a single sentence of the whole affair, all were perfectly satisfied, a thing unparalleled in the annals of the law. (Rabelais: Pantagruel, book ii.)
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