Friday, 5 September 2014



1. a cloth covering, usually black, spread over a coffin or tomb
2. a coffin, especially during the funeral ceremony
3. a dark heavy covering; shroud
4. a depressing or oppressive atmosphere
5. (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a Y-shaped bearing
6. (Christianity)
a. a small square linen cloth with which the chalice is covered at the Eucharist
b. an archaic word for pallium (a woollen vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging from it front and back: worn by the pope, all archbishops, and (as a mark of special honour) some bishops)
an obsolete word for cloak
7. (trans.) to cover or depress with a pall

1. (intr.) often followed by “on” . to become or appear boring, insipid, or tiresome (to)
2. to cloy or satiate, or become cloyed or satiated

I would not like to be of trouble
And thus might (slightly) hesitate
Less I’d pall on my kind readers
But must indulge nevertheless
In my own private ventures

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