Careful Words

point (n.)

point (v.)

point (adj.)

He left the name at which the world grew pale,

To point a moral, or adorn a tale.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): Vanity of Human Wishes. Line 221.

Arm'd at point exactly, cap-a-pe.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.

  Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616): The Little Gypsy (La Gitanilla).

But, alas, to make me

A fixed figure for the time of scorn

To point his slow unmoving finger at!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act iv. Sc. 2.

  Written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.

Old Testament: Jeremiah xvii. 1.

I have touched the highest point of all my greatness;

And from that full meridian of my glory

I haste now to my setting: I shall fall

Like a bright exhalation in the evening,

And no man see me more.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry VIII. Act iii. Sc. 2.

  My little daughter lieth at the point of death.

New Testament: Mark v. 23.

"Darest thou, Cassius, now

Leap in with me into this angry flood,

And swim to yonder point?" Upon the word,

Accoutred as I was, I plunged in

And bade him follow.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act i. Sc. 2.

  I have peppered two of them: two I am sure I have paid, two rogues in buckram suits. I tell thee what, Hal, if I tell thee a lie, spit in my face; call me horse. Thou knowest my old ward: here I lay, and thus I bore my point. Four rogues in buckram let drive at me—

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act ii. Sc. 4.