Chapter 07 – The Doctor’s Garden

June 14th, 2011 § 0 comments

plebeian

From Latin plebeius, pertaining to the plebs, the commoners of Rome.  Taken out of Classical usage it comes to mean “lacking noble birth or status, common” often with a disparaging connotation.  Trollope here speaks of a couple forming their engagement, and states that they are of a higher social class (and hence not plebeian).  [JM 2005]

 

by Jove

An interjection used commonly in Victorian England.  Jove is another name for Jupiter, the greatest of the Roman gods; his name was used as an interjection or part of one in classical Latin as well.  [JM 2005]

Sources:  OED.

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