I am off to Bedfordshire. To the land of Nod, to bed.
The language abounds with these puns, e.g. “the marrowbone
stage,” “A Dunse scholar,” “Knight of the beerbarrel,” “Admiral of the
blue,” “Master of the Mint” (q.v.), “Master of the Rolls”
(q.v.), etc. And the French even more than the English.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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