Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 16:23:48 -0500
From: Dan Goodman dsgood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VISI.COM
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?circe or sirsi or circi
Can anyone provide documentation for a colloquial usage, regionalism
or archaic word, pronounced "circe" or "sirsi", etc., which is
supposed to mean a small gift brought to a host(ess) in return for
hospitality? We've checked some standard dictionaries & old-word
books, but not Merriam-Webster 2nd ed., since we don't own it. The
Dict. of Amer. Reg. Eng., Vol. 1, lists "circi,circe: see sirsee",
but apparently the "S" volume of DARE is not yet published. I found
nothing in the Archives.
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