The Bairn Watcher’s Hebdomadal Emoluments

12 Mar

emolument – n. payment for work

Classical Usage:  In Chapter V Hawthorne explains all the ways Hester was able to make a living with her embroidery.  After listing the fine garments needed for ordinations, governments installations, and funerals, he adds this line, “Baby-linen – for babies then wore robes of state – afforded still another possibility of toil and emolument.”  I wonder what he would have thought about those onesies today that say things like “Too Cute for Words.”

Classically Mad Usage:  From now on we’re not just paying the babysitter, we’re giving her an emolument.

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in The Scarlet Letter


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