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  1. Limey was a derogatory term originally applied to 19th century Royal Navy seamen. The Royal Navy used to add lime juice to the daily ration of rum to help ward off scurvy at sea. The ships were known as lime-juicers and the men aboard them as limeys. Eventually it lost its naval connotations and was used in North America and Australia to refer to English people in general. I am not a limey, but originally hail from New England and so have a good working knowledge of Emerson and Thoreau
  2. Read a thoughtful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson in an article in The New Yorker yesterday: Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange or extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age.
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