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Panyer Stone (The). A stone let into the wall of a house in Panyer Alley. It is a rude representation
of a boy sitting on a pannier. (French, panier; Latin, panarium, a bread-basket.) The stone has the
When you have sought the city round,This is not correct, for there are higher spots both in Cornhill, and in Cannon Street.
Pap He gives pap with a hatchet. He does or says a kind thing in a very brusque and ungracious manner. The Spartan children were fed by the point of a sword, and the Teuton children with hatchets, or instruments so called- probably of the doll type. Ursus, in Victor Hugo's novel of L'Homme qui Rit, gives pap with a hatchet.
Papa, Father The former is Greek pappas (father); Chaldee, abba. For many centuries after the Conquest, the gentry taught their children to use the word papa, but this custom is now almost gone out.
Papal Slippers (The) are wrought with a cross of rubies over each instep.
Paper So called from the papyrus or Egyptian reed used at one time for the manufacture of a writing material. Bryan Donkin, in 1803, perfected a machine for making a sheet of paper to any required length.
Paper a House (To), in theatrical phraseology, means to fill a house with deadheads, or non-paying spectators, admitted by paper orders. The women admitted thus, not being dressed so smartly as the paying ones, used to cover their shoulders with a scarlet opera cloak, often lent or hired for the occasion.
Paper King John Law, the projector of the Mississippi Scheme. (1671-1729.)
Paper Marriages Weddings of dons, who pay their fees in bank-notes.
Paper-stainer (A). An author of small repute.
Paphian Relating to Venus, or rather to Paphos, a city of Cyprus, where Venus was worshipped; a Cyprian; a prostitute.
Papimany The country of the Papimans; the country subject to the Pope, or any priest-ridden country, as Spain. (Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel, iv. 45.)
Papyra The goddess of printing; so called from papyrus, the Nile-reed, from which at one time paper
was made, and from which it borrows its name.
Till to astonished realms Papyra taught
Papyri Written scrolls made of the Papyrus, found in Egypt and Herculaneum.
Par (A). A newspaper paragraph. (Press slang.)
Par (At). Stock at par means that it is to be bought at the price it represents. Thus, £100 stock in the 2½ per cent. quoted at par would mean that it would require £100 to invest in this stock; if quoted at £105, it would be £5 above par; if at £95, it would be £5 below par. (Latin, par, equal.)
Paracelsists Disciples of Paracelsus in medicine, physics, and mystic sciences. A Swiss physician. (1493-1541.)
Paraclete The advocate; one called to aid or support another. (The word paraclete is from the Greek para-kaleo, to call to; and advocate is from the Latin ad-voco, the same thing.)
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