Monday, February 23, 2015

word of the day: boniface

The word of the day is boniface:

1. Saint (Wynfrith) a.d. 680?–755? English monk who became a missionary in Germany.
2. a jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem.
3. (lowercase) any landlord or innkeeper.
4. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “doer of good.”. (

"Albert strutted along the row, poking the occasional paunch with his staff.  His mind danced and sang.  Go back?  Never!  This was power, this was living; he'd challenge old boniface and spit in his empty eye."

 - Terry Pratchett, Mort (1987)

No, I don't get it.

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