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memory in the production of instances elucidating nothing , had only taken the trouble of turning to any English and Latin Dictionary he would have found " Noiv-a-days , Nunc dierum , " i . e . Now of days , Now o * days , which a slight error in writing has converted
into this puzzling barbarism Now ~ adays . With this clue , his memory would undoubtedly have carried him to the Greek vw vjpsp&v . And had he possessed the knowledge of languages requisite in a person pretending to compile a standard Dictionary , he would have remembered in several
modern languages expressions , if not precisely the same , yet sufficiently similar to have led an etymologist to suspect that an idiom , found in most languages , universally employed by ail ranks in conversation , and , as he himself states , " used by the best writers , was perhaps not barbarous . " Thus we find in the
Italian , al di d ' oggi—oggidi—al giorno ^ ° ggi— ° ggi giorno—oggi omai , or as it is written , oggimai . In the French , jourd * hui—cejourd' hui—aujourd' hui —hui or huy being a word nearly
obsolete , but found in . D ' huy en huit—This day se ' nnight . In German , £ KUt jjtt Sage . —And most probably some of your correspondents could point out similar expressions in languages with which I am wholly unacquainted .
I have no wish to depreciate Dr . Johnson ' s great talents , and could I entertain so silly a wish , his fame is safely established beyond the reach of my puny efforts ; but he ought never to be held up as an etymologist , nor
should any attempts at making a good English Dictionary be discouraged by the absurd custom of treating Dr . Johnson ' s two bulky volumes of scraps of prose and poetry as the ne plus ultra of dictionaries .
That your Correspondent should have been misled by the great Dictionary is not altogether singular . Many persons may undoubtedly be acquainted with the real derivation of Now-a-days ; but it has never been my good fortune to meet with any one
who seemed aware of it , except my highly respected tutor and friend Mr . Cogan , by whom it was communicated to us at school , among the ten thousand pieces of incidental information which were for ever unostentatiously dropping from his lips , giving peculiar iuterest to his instructions and exciting
in his scholars fondness for their studies , and gratitude to their tutor for his unexampled solicitude for their improvement . NOW O' DAYS .
Dr . J . Jones on the Gospel of " The Infancy of Jesus J IN this paper I propose to select a few of the leading ideas respecting the Gospel of " the Infancy of Jesus , " which I hav ^ e laid befo re the public in chapter eight of " The Sequel to my Ecclesiastical Researches . " There I
have shewn that the book is so artfully composed , that the contents of it appear absurd and fabulous in the literal and obvious sense , while they are rational and true in the metaphorical Thus in chap . xlvi . it is said , " On another day the Lord Jesus was playing by the river , and they drew water
out of the river by little channels , and made little fish-pools . And the Lord Jesus had made twelve sparrows , and placed them about his pool on each side—the Lord Jesus clapped his hands over the sparrows he had made , and they fled away chirping . " This is one of the miracles ascribed to him in his
infancy , and the basis of it is the choice and com mission of the twelve Apostles to preach the gospel in the world . The fiction carries an allusion to the very words of Jesus , " Do not two sparrows sell for two farthings ? Fear not , therefore , for ye are of more value than many sparrows / ' Again ,
m chap . vii . we read , " When the Lord Jesus was coining home in the evening with Joseph , he met a boy who ran so hard against him that he threw him down ; to whom the Lord Jesus said , ' As thou hast thrown me down
so shalt thou fall never again to rise , and at that moment the boy fell down and died . '" This alludes to the disciple who betrayed him , and afterwards went and hanged himself . There seems a farther allusion to the words of John , who says , that when the traitor , with the officers , came to Jesus , they were
struck to the ground . Farther still , in chap , xxxvi . it is written , " And when the Lord Jesus was seven years of age , he was on a certain day with other boys who , when they were at play , made clay into several shapes , viz . asses , oxen , birds , &c . &c , each boasting of his work and endeavouring to excel the rest . Then the Lord Jesus said to the boys , * I will com-
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