WHAT’S IN A NAME?

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Some Dick­ens char­ac­ters have made their way into the lex­i­con: A scrooge is a miser (from stingy Ebenezer Scrooge), and Peck­snif­fian means “hyp­o­crit­i­cal” (from in­sin­cere Seth Peck­sniff). It’s a co­in­ci­dence that dick­ens, a eu­phemism for the devil, is in the dic­tio­nary. But Dick­en­sian, which refers to liv­ing in de­crepit con­di­tions, owes its place to his Vic­to­rian tales.

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