Speaking Heads to Spheres
Speaking Heads and Sounding Stones.
Spear Cairbar asks if Fingal comes in peace, to which Mor-annal replies: In peace he comes not, king
of Erin, I have seen his forward spear. If a stranger kept the point of his spear forward when he entered
a strange land, it was a declaration of war; if he carried the spear on his shoulder with the point behind
him, it was a token of friendship. (Ossian: Temora, i.)
Telephus æterna consumptus tabe perissetThe spear of Telephus could both kill and cure. (Plutarch.) (See Achilles' spear.)
The heavy spear of Valence was of great repute in the days of chivalry.
Arthur's spear. Rone or Ron.
To break a spear. To fight in a tournament.
Spear-half The male line. The female line was called by the Anglo-Saxons the Spindle-half (q.v.).
Spear of Ithuriel (The), the slightest touch of which exposed deceit. Thus when Ithuriel touched with
his spear Satan squatting like a toad close to the ear of Eve, the toad instantly resumed the form of
Satan. (Milton: Paradise Lost, bk. iv. 810-814.)
The acute pen of Lord Halles, which, like Ithuriel's spear, conjured so many shadows from Scottish history, dismissed among the rest those of Banquo and Fleance.- Sir W. Scott.
Special Pleading Quibbling; making your own argument good by forcing certain words or phrases from their obvious and ordinary meaning. A pleading in law means a written statement of a cause pro and con., and special pleaders are persons who have been called to the bar, but do not speak as advocates. They advise on evidence, draw up affidavits, state the merits and demerits of a cause, and so on. After a time most special pleaders go to the bar, and many get advanced to the bench.
Specie, Species means simply what is visible. As things are distinguished by their visible forms, it has come to mean kind or class. As drugs and condiments at one time formed the most important articles of merchandise, they were called species - still retained in the French épices, and English spices. Again, as bank-notes represent money, money itself is called specie, the thing represented.
Spectacles, the device of Thackeray in drawings made by him. In Punch, vol. xx. No. 495, p. 8, is a butcher's boy chalking up No Popery, and the tray forms a pair of spectacles, showing it was designed by Thackeray.
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