charientismus charientismus
 kar-i-en-tis'-mus Gk. "gracefulness of style"
graciosa nugutio
the privy nippe

Mollifying harsh words by answering them with a smooth and appeasing mock.
  Bite not my nose off I pray you.

Don't have a cow.

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  Sources: Bede 616; Susenbrotus (1540) 17; Sherry (1550) 46 ("charientismus," "graciosa nugutio"); Peacham (1577) D4v; Putt. (1589) 201 ("charientismus," "the privy nippe"); Day 1599 80

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