Faria and Busoni

This explains a lot about the above-mentioned abbés who feature prominently in The Count of Monte Cristo.abbéThe French title answering to Eng. abbot, but extended to ‘every one who wears an ecclesiastical dress,’ Littré; and specially applied to one having no assigned ecclesiastical duty, but acting as a professor, private tutor, or master of a … Continue reading Faria and Busoni

On the defensive

An interesting military term that I don't recall seeing before. Also of note is that only the most recent reference given by the OED (out of six) uses the spelling given by the OED. The rest either double the "b" or the "t".abatisMilit.A defence constructed by placing felled trees lengthwise one over the other with … Continue reading On the defensive