One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with direct speech Said (used only in first and third person singular before the subject)‘‘Ah,’ quoth he, as soon as the bike started, ‘a blown cylinder head gasket.’’
- ‘Any port in a storm, quoth the sailors, even if it's a Port-O-Potty.’
- ‘As a result, it saddens me to have to resort to this, but ‘desperate times require desperate measures for measure’, quoth The Bard, or someone else a bit like him who's equally famous.’
- ‘Merriam-Webster online doth quoth: ‘A geek used to be a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake.’’
- ‘Seabass miso-yaki - marinated for three days in miso and brown sugar, quoth our waiter - never quite rose above its excellent garlic mashed potatoes and dots of racy passionfruit purée.’
Middle English: past tense of obsolete quethe ‘say, declare’, of Germanic origin.
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