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  • This is the Butterwort (Pinguicula), and it is not a bad name, for the leaves remind one of butter.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • "Give a dog a bad name and hang him," said the colonel sententiously.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • I spoke in some dismay, for in those days privateers bore a bad name.

    Athelstane Ford Allen Upward
  • He was young, and had a bad name for shying and starting, by which he had lost a good place.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Like a dog, one may give a word a bad name, yet it may be a good dog and a very good word when rightly used.

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