Careful Words

put (n.)

put (v.)

put (adj.)

Put a tongue

In every wound of Caesar that should move

The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.

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

Full little knowest thou that hast not tride,

What hell it is in suing long to bide:

To loose good dayes, that might be better spent;

To wast long nights in pensive discontent;

To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow;

To feed on hope, to pine with feare and sorrow.

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To fret thy soule with crosses and with cares;

To eate thy heart through comfortlesse dispaires;

To fawne, to crowche, to waite, to ride, to ronne,

To spend, to give, to want, to be undonne.

Unhappie wight, borne to desastrous end,

That doth his life in so long tendance spend!

Edmund Spenser (1553-1599): Mother Hubberds Tale. Line 895.

Put money in thy purse.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act i. Sc. 3.

  Put not your trust in princes.

Old Testament: Psalm cxlvi. 3.

Put out the light, and then put out the light:

If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,

I can again thy former light restore

Should I repent me; but once put out thy light,

Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,

I know not where is that Promethean heat

That can thy light relume.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Othello. Act v. 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).

  This and a great deal more like it I have had to put up with.

Terence (185-159 b c): Eunuchus. Act iv. Sc. 6, 8. (746.)

  If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.

Terence (185-159 b c): Eunuchus. Act i. Sc. 2, 96. (176.)

Mark now, how a plain tale shall put you down.

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

  Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry.

Colonel Blacker: Oliver's Advice. 1834.