query for phrase finders

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Apr 17 16:21:29 UTC 2014

Meanwhile, a medieval English religious text was called The A*yenbite of
Inwyt*, "transl. of L *remorsus*,
ME *inwyt,
inwit*, conscience, intellect" (per the on-line Collins Dictionary), but
often translated as "The Prick of Conscience".  The phrase (A*yenbite of
Inwyt*) flits through the thoughts of Stephen Daedalus, in *Ulysses.*

The 4th block down shows a suite of windows from an English church, called
"The Prick of Conscience".

So "A stiff prick has no conscience" was perhaps coined by an impious
lecher, from an established religious expression.


On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> At 4/16/2014 09:23 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>  Jefferson would best both "Anonymous" and our poor
>> Spermatorrhoetic below, but seems unlikely to have done so.
> Has anyone tried William Byrd?
> Joel
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Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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