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Mind your language

Where does ‘stuff’ come from?

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

Pelham, the hero of the novel of the same name (which came out in 1828, the first year of The Spectator’s existence), visiting his old friend Glanville, is conducted by ‘the obsequious and bowing valet’ into a room where his host sits ‘opposite to a toilet of massive gold’. (Yes, words change meaning.

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