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Old 08 April 2016, 07:14 PM
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I thought Chamfort was conveying what was then taken as medicinal advice, and that when people added the part 'and then nothing worse will happen to you all day,' they were trying to make sense of what seemed like a really stupid bit of advice.

As for the origin of 'toady', wouldn't it make more sense to people that they should not lick toads?