Monday, April 17, 2017
Citations for smattering
He is a person well received among all sorts of men, being qualified to render himself agreeable to any; as he is well versed in history and politics, hath a smattering in law and divinity, cracks a good jest, and lays wonderfully well on the French horn.
Of course it was easy to blame mother; anybody with a smattering of knowledge of psychoanalysis thought that they could point the finger at mother; but to hear that coming from somebody like Dr Fairbairn, who had even held psychoanalytical office, was most surprising.
Origin of smattering
Smattering has been used in English since the 1500s. Smatter predates smattering by about 200 years and is perhaps of Scandinavian origin.