Monday, October 25, 2010

word of the day :: cozen

[kuhz-uh n]

–verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
1565-75perh. < ONF coçonner  to resell, v. deriv. of coçon retailer (< L coctiōnem,  acc. of coctiō, cōciō  dealer), influencedby MF cousin  dupe, lit., cousin

"'Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.'
And well said too; for who shall go about
To cozen fortune, and be honorable
Without the stamp of merit."
:: William Shakespeare ::
Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice

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