@: Word of the Day February 23, 2015

# outrecuidance, n.

Excessive self-esteem; overweening self-confidence; arrogance, presumption; conceit

## Pronunciation:

Brit. /ˌuːtrəkwiːˈdɒ̃s/,  U.S. /ˌutrəˌkwiˈdɑns/

## Forms:

lME outrecuidaunce,   lME vtterquidaunce,   lME–15 oultrecuydance,   lME 15 oultrecuydaunce,   lME–15 oultrequydance,   lME–15 outrequydance,   15 oltreqedance,   15 oultrecuidance,   15 oultrecuidaunce,   15 outrequydaunce,   15 owtherquedaunce,   15 ultraquidance,   15 ultrequedance,   15 ultrequidance,   15–16 18– outrecuidance,   16 outercuidance,   16 outrequodance,   16 owtherquedance.

## Etymology:

<  Middle French outrecuidance, oultrecuidance, outrequidance

(French outrecuidance; 12th–13th cent. in Old French) <  outrecuider (12th cent.; <  outre beyond, excessively (see outrance n.) + cuider to think, plume oneself <  classical Latin cōgitāre cogitate v.) + -ance -ance suffix.
With the Middle English form vtterquidaunce compare outrance n., utterance n.2 and discussion s.vv.

## N.E.D. (1904) also gives the pronunciation (ūtəɹkwī·dăns) /uːtəˈkwiːdəns/.
Now rare.

Excessive self-esteem; overweening self-confidence; arrogance, presumption; conceit.
1435  in  J. Stevenson Lett. & Papers Illustr. Wars Eng. in France (1864) II. 584 The levynge of soche alliaunces is done of grete pride and outrecuidaunce, and setting noo store be none othere mannes frenshipe.

?c1450  tr. Bk. Knight of La Tour Landry (1906) 87 (MED), A mon..was hanged atte his yate, and his seuene children, and all thorugh his pride and oultrecuydance.

1496 Epit. Iaspar Late Duke of Beddeforde (Pynson) sig. aivv, Sore may thou rue thy vtterquidaunce.

1524  in State Papers Henry VIII (1836) IV. 255 She shal remayne in over-moche estymacion and oultrecuidance of her self.

1541  in State Papers Henry VIII (1849) VIII. 545 He made..protestation, that the same..passed him..only uppon wilfulness and ultraquidance, which he confessed had been in him.
1599 Master Broughtons Lett. ii. 10 To such an outrecuidance hath your selfe-conceit caried you.

1631  E. Stanhope Let. in Hist. Jrnl. (1964) 7 313 Alass, why doe thinke out of an outrequodance that you are able to cast such a fogg, such a myst before the eyes of all men?
a1652  R. Brome Madd Couple Well Matcht i. i, in Wks. (1873) I. 5 Therein was your outrecuidance.

1819  Scott Ivanhoe I. x. 191 It is full time..that the outrecuidance of these peasants should be restrained.

1867  ‘Ouida’ Under Two Flags ii, The light fell full on his handsome face, with its fair hue and its gentle languor on which there was not a single trace of the outrecuidance attributed to him.

1888 Sat. Rev. 18 Aug. 195/2 Admiral Hornby has rebuked the outrecuidance of Englishmen who seemed to think so.

1919 Times 16 Aug. 14/1 At first he thought that the original clause was inserted by the majority of the House of Commons out of pure arrogance and outrecuidance and a determination to stamp upon Church feeling.

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East Coker by T.S. Eliot

(Four Quartets – 2)

In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth
Which is already flesh, fur and faeces,
Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.
Houses live and die: there is a time for building
And a time for living and for generation
And a time for the wind to break the loosened pane
And to shake the wainscot where the field-mouse trots
And to shake the tattered arras woven with a silent motto.

In my beginning is my end. Now the light falls
Across the open field, leaving the deep lane
Shuttered with branches, dark in the afternoon,
Where you lean against a bank while a van passes,
And the deep lane insists on the direction
Into the village, in the electric heat
Hypnotised. In a warm haze the sultry light
Is absorbed, not refracted, by grey stone.
The dahlias sleep in the empty silence.
Wait for the early owl.

Word of the Day February 22, 2015

# pribble, n.

‘ A petty or pointless dispute, a squabble; trivial or nonsensical speech or writing; squabbling, quarrelling; idle chit-chat. Only in collocation pribble and prabble.’

## Pronunciation:

Brit. /ˈprɪbl/,  U.S. /ˈprɪb(ə)l/
Forms:  16 prible,   16– pribble.

## Etymology:

Variant of prabble n., perhaps arising from the reduplicated formation pribble-prabble n. (which is attested slightly earlier).

In quots. 1603, 1693 representing a supposed Welsh English pronunciation.

A petty or pointless dispute, a squabble; trivial or nonsensical speech or writing; squabbling, quarrelling; idle chit-chat. Only in collocation pribble and prabble.

1603  T. Dekker et al.  Patient Grissill sig. C3v, Her thinke the prittish shentleman, is faliant as Mars that, is..the God of pribles & prables.

1693  T. D’Urfey Richmond Heiress i. i. 8 There is crete deale of Doubts, and Jealousies, and Pribbles, and Prabbles, which shew Loves and Affections, look you.

1853  Thackeray Newcomes (1854) I. ii. 15 All these squabbles and jokes, and pribbles and prabbles,..may be omitted.

1906 Times 28 Sept. 6/3  (advt.) (title) Pribbles and prabbles: or rambling reflections on varied topics.

1993 Observer (Nexis) 31 Oct. (Review section)

11 The intoxication of language, the pribbles and prabbles, the literary jokes..are just right in this setting.

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