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Gemini 12: A Topsy saucily asserting herself

Gemini 12: A Topsy saucily asserting herself

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T h e w o r d T ops y i s c a p i t a li z e d a n d t hu s u s e d h e r e a s a p r o p e r n o un . S p e c i fi c a l l y, t h i s i s a r e f e r e n c e t o a c h a r a c t e r n a m e d T o p s y i n H a r r i e t B e e c h e r S t o w e ’s h i g h l y p o p u l a r , 1 9 t h c e n t u r y n o v e l , Un c l e T o m ’ s C a b in. I n 1 8 9 8 t h e D i c t i on a ry o f P h ra se a nd F a b l e d e s c r i b e d T o p s y a s “ a s l a v e -g i

T h e w o r d T ops y i s c a p i t a li z e d a n d t hu s u s e d h e r e a s a p r o p e r n o un . S p e c i fi c a l l y, t h i s i s a r e f e r e n c e t o a c h a r a c t e r n a m e d T o p s y i n H a r r i e t B e e c h e r S t o w e ’s h i g h l y p o p u l a r , 1 9 t h c e n t u r y n o v e l , Un c l e T o m ’ s C a b in. I n 1 8 9 8 t h e D i c t i on a ry o f P h ra se a nd F a b l e d e s c r i b e d T o p s y a s “ a s l a v e -g i

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Gemini 12: A Topsy saucily asserting herself
The word
Topsy
is capitalized and thus used here asa proper noun. Specifically, this is a reference to acharacter named
Topsy 
 
in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s
highly popular, 19
th
century novel,
Uncle Tom’s 
 
Cabin.
 In 1898 the
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 
described
Topsy as “
a slave-girl, who impersonates the low moraldevelopment but real capacity for education of the
negro race.”
1
 
The idiomatic expression “growed likeTopsy” is attributed to a conversation in the novelbetween Topsy and Ophelia, the cousin of Topsy’s
mistress.
2
 The word
saucily
 descends from the Indo-European(IE) root 
sal-1
 
which means “
salt 
3
Paronyms include
souse 
(to plungeinto liquid; to make soaking wet; drench; to make intoxicated),
silt 
,
 salsa 
,
sausage 
,
sa
,
salad 
,
salami 
,
salary 
,
salmagundi 
,
saltcellar 
,
saltpeter 
,and the prefix
halo-.
As an adjective
saucy 
means “impertinen
t ordisrespectful; impertinent in an entertaining way; impossible to repress
or control.”
 The verb
asserting
is a derivative of the root 
ser-3
, “to line up.”
Paronyms include
assort 
,
consort 
,
desert 
(to leave empty, alone; toabandon),
dissertation 
,
exert 
,
insert 
,
sear 
(the catch in a gunlock that keeps the hammer halfcocked or fully cocked),
series 
,
sermon 
,
serum 
,
 sorcerer 
, and
sort.
As an adjective
assertive 
 
means “aggressively self 
-
assured” while as a verb,
assert 
means “to state or express positively.”
5
 
The head of the compound
herself 
is
‘self’
 
and it is a derivative of theIE root 
s(w)e
.
 
Its paronyms are
self 
,
sib
,
sober 
,
sole
,
solitary 
,
solo
,
 
1
2
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 26
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 76
 
5
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/assert
 

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