Friday, January 13, 2012
A saying of GGGG Grandpa Boyd (one used by RLS to Henry James, later, not in dialect)
John Boyd's celebrated expression, when advised to settle a law suit, in which he was ultimately successful, is worth remembering. "I'll mak a spoon, or spile a horn."
Online there's a piece on the origin of proverbial expressions which misunderstands what "horn" was and quite misinterprets what Grandpa Boyd was saying.
He was a Scot born in Ireland who received a land grant from George III in South Carolina.