[PW] "Iiable" used as a noun in "The Univited"

Bristol Library bplref at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 14:01:48 PDT 2016


That was actually our guess, that the word meant was "stable" but we
couldn't get our hands on an older edition to check.  No one in our
consortium owns a copy, and used copies on amazon were $125.

Thanks for the information!

Jeanne

On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 4:54 PM, S M Colowick <januarye at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 7:57 AM, Bristol Library <bplref at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Patron brought in a reprint copy of Dorothy Mcardle's The Univited. On
> page
> > seven, the description of a place reads "a liable opened onto the drive."
> > The question is, what is a liable in this context?  Or is it a misprint?
>
> I've found the word "liable" in the extracted text of a few scanned
> books where clearly the printed word was "stable". If you search
> Google Books for the phrase "liable door" you'll find some of these,
> including works of Shakespeare and Swift. I guess you'd have to
> consult an older edition to know for sure if that's the intended word,
> or read further to see if there's any mention of a stable.
>



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