[ greys-uh n-fey-ver ]
/ ˈgreɪs ənˈfeɪ vər /
noting a residence owned by a noble or sovereign and bestowed by him or her upon some person for that person's lifetime.
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Why Do “Left” And “Right” Mean Liberal And Conservative?During election seasons the words left and right denote political affiliation more than spatial direction. But where do these associations come from? The left hand has long been associated with deviance. The word “sinister” originally meant “to the left” in Latin. The word “left” comes from the Old English word lyft, which literally meant “weak, foolish.” To avoid the negative and superstitious associations of the …
Origin of grace-and-favor
First recorded in 1905–10
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