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Thorns Calvin (Admonitio de Reliquiis) gives a long list of places claiming to possess one or more of
the thorns which composed the Saviour's crown. To his list may be added Glastonbury Abbey, where
was also the spear of Longius or Longinus, and some of the Virgin's milk.
Si l'espine non picque quand nai,Thorps-men Villagers. This very pretty Anglo-Saxon word is worth restoring. (Thorpe, Anglo-Saxon, a village.)
Thoth The Hermes of Egyptian mythology. He is represented with the head of an ibis on a human body. He is the inventor of the arts and sciences, music and astronomy, speech and letters. The name means Logos or the Word.
Though Lost to Sight, to Memory Dear A writer in Harper's Magazine tells us that the author of this line was Ruthven Jenkyns, and that the poem, which consists of two stanzas each of eight lines, begins each stanza with Sweetheart, good-bye, and ends with the line, Though lost to sight, to memory dear. The poem was published in the Greenwich Magazine for Marines in 1701 or 1702.
Thousand Everyone knows that a dozen may be either twelve or thirteen, a score either twenty or
twenty-one, a hundred either one hundred or one hundred and twenty, and a thousand either one thousand
or one thousand two hundred. The higher numbers are the old Teutonic computations. Hickes tells us
that the Norwegians and Icelandic people have two sorts of decad, the lesser and the greater called
Tolfræd. The lesser thousand = 10 x 100, but the greater thousand = 12 x 100. The word tolf, equal
to tolv, is our twelve. (Institutiones Grammaticæ, p. 43.)
Five score of men, money, or pins,Thousand Years as One Day (A). (1 Peter iii. 8.) Precisely the same is said of Brahma. A day of Brahma is as a thousand revolutions of the Yoogs, and his might extendeth also to a thousand more. (Kreeshna: Bhagavat Geeta.)
Thrall A slave; bondage; wittily derived from drill, in allusion to the custom of drilling the ear of a slave in token of servitude, a custom common to the Jews. (Deut. xv. 17.) Our Saxon forefathers used to pierce at the church-door the ears of their bond-slaves. (Anglo-Saxon, thrael, slave or bondman.)
Thread The thread of destiny- i.e. that on which destiny depends. The Greeks and Romans imagined
that a grave maiden called Clotho spun from her distaff the destiny of man, and as she spun one of
her sisters worked out the events which were in store, and Atropos cut the thread at the point when
death was to occur.
Terna fila ab humero dextero in latus sinistrum gerunt, ut designent trinam in natura divina rationem.Threadneedle Street A corruption of Thryddanen or Thryddenal Street, meaning third street from Chepesyde to the great thoroughfare from London Bridge to Bushop Gate (consisting of New Fyshe Streate, Gracious Streate, and Bushop Gate Streate). (Anglo-Saxon, thrydda or thrydde, third.)
Another etymology is Thrig-needle (three-needle street), from the three needles which the Needlemaker's Company bore in their arms. It begins from the Mansion House, and therefore the Bank stands in it.
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