- Shakespearean nonce word meant to be humorous rather than to make any sense.
- By my troth, this is the old fashion; you two never meet but you fall to some discord: you are both, i' good truth, as rheumatic as two dry toasts; you cannot one bear with another's . What the good-year! one must bear, and that must be you: you are the weaker vessel, as as they say, the emptier vessel. " Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV, s:The_Second_Part_of_King_Henry_the_Fourth
Etymology: Comic portmanteau word, probably on confirm and infirmity
- SCENE_IV._London._The_Boar.27s-head_Tavern_in_Eastcheap., Act 2, Scene 4.
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