merl Reagle, otherwise known as “King of the Crossword,” knows exactly how you feel.
It was impossible that a man of merl's temperament and training should not have detected this game.
"The man who can win at rouge-et-noir can do anything, in my opinion," said merl.
merl suffered his door to stand ajar, that he might take a look at the stranger as he passed.
Well, merl, what do you say to Sir Spencer's taste in horseflesh?
"Not in the least," said merl, rising and stretching his legs.
Why, where on earth could you have made acquaintance with a man called merl?
"Nothing of the kind, Captain," said merl, smiling at the innocence of the question.
"There's going to be a crash here," said merl, speaking in a lower tone.
"Ah, yes,—the Captain said we should get on very well together," drawled out merl.
"blackbird," late 15c., from Old French merle "blackbird" (12c.), from Latin merulus "blackbird," from PIE *ams- "black, blackbird" (cf. Old English osle "blackbird;" see ouzel). The word owes its survival in modern times to its use by Scottish poets. The Latin word shows effects of rhotacism. It also is the source of Provençal and Spanish merla, Portuguese merlo, and Italian merla. Borrowed from French are Middle Dutch and German merle, Dutch meerle.