22 de fevereiro de 2010

p. 547

When I complained of having dined at a splendid table without hearing one sentence of conversation worthy of being remembered, he said, 'Sir, there seldom is any such conversation.' Boswell - 'Why then meet at table?' Johnson - 'Why, to eat and drink together, and to promote kindness; and, Sir, this is better done when there is no solid conversation; for when there is, people differ in opinion, and get into bad humour, or some of the company who are not capable of such conversation, are left out, and feel themselves uneasy. It was for this reason, Sir Robert Walpole said, he always talked bawdy at his table, because in that all could join.'

The Life of Samuel Johnson, de James Boswell.

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Merriam-Webster
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): bawd·i·er; bawd·i·est
Etymology: bawd
Date: 1513
1 : obscene, lewd
2 : boisterously or humorously indecent

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