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Thursday, June 03, 2010

swain

\SWEYN\ , noun;
1.
A male admirer or lover.
2.
A country lad.
3.
A country gallant.
Quotes:
Ms. Henley knows too how life-changing revelations arrive in grotesque little packages, as when Lenny admits over the phone her traumatizing inability to have babies and forthwith counters her swain's answer with a slight shock and vast elation: "They're not all little snot- nosed pigs!
-- John Simon, ""Living Beings, Cardboard Symbols", New York Magazine
A nymph and a swain to Apollo once prayed/ The swain had been jilted, the nymph been betrayed/ They came for to try if his oracle knew/ E're a nymph that was chaste, or a swain that was true.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's almanack : being the choicest morsels of wisdom written during the years of the Almanack's publication
Origin:
Swain evolves from swein, Old English for "servant".
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