Singular effigies

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 8 17:59:56 UTC 2010

For the benefit of those not interested in the history of liberty
trees, unlike Mark I've changed the subject line.

At 3/8/2010 12:06 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

>OED reports singular "effigies" spanning that period:


>... 1831  CARLYLE  Sart. Res. (1858) 178 A Signpost,
>whereon..stood painted the Effigies of a Pair of Leather Breeches.
>I'm including only the quotations that are indisputably singular;

But is a Pair of Breeches indisputably singular?  :-)


>there are
>others that might have been meant as plural, AFAICT from the citations.
>m a m
>On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> >
> > The Great Tree at the [S]outh End of the Town, upon which the
> > Effigies [sic] of a Stamp Master was lately hung, was honour'd last
> > Wednesday with the Name of The Tree of Liberty; a large Plate of
> > Copper, with that Inscription, in Letters of Geld; being fixed thereon.
> >
> > Source:  The Boston-Gazette, and Country Journal. Monday, September
> > 16, 1765. page 3 [counting "Supplement" as page 1], col.
> > 2.  [EAN]  This too is a 6-page issue, with only the first page [in
> > EAN's sequence] having the masthead "Supplement".  It is another case
> > where EAN may not have the pages in correct sequence.
>The American Dialect Society -

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