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Pickypete
1243651.  Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:51 pm Reply with quote

Can we expect any-one to conjure up some spellbinding articles on the subject of sleight of hand, or am I under some illusion that by the process of legerdemain such writings will appear elsewhere whilst I am distracted?

 
'yorz
1243656.  Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:15 pm Reply with quote

The pronunciation is baffling. It's French for sleight of hand, sort of. ffs.
Nothing to do with 'main' as principal, but 'main' as in à quatre mains. Hand, therefore.

 
suze
1243657.  Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:23 pm Reply with quote

Ledger de Maine. Seriously?

I don't think I've ever actually heard that word spoken, but if I'd ever had occasion to use it I'm sure I'd have pronounced it in French. At least I now know not to ...

 
Saphia
1248585.  Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:24 am Reply with quote

It is "lightness of hand". The French "léger" comes from the Latin "levis" (light, not heavy). Not to be confused with "ledger" (large book kept in a fixed place) which comes into English from a Dutch word meaning "to lay" (also - "lodge" and "lodger" are from the same source), and from whence we also get "log book".

 

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