Careful Words

rank (n.)

rank (v.)

rank (adj.)

The rank is but the guinea's stamp,

The man's the gowd for a' that.

Robert Burns (1759-1796): For a' that and a' that.

O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven;

It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't,

A brother's murder.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 3.

'T's pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul;

I think the Romans call it stoicism.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719): Cato. Act i. Sc. 4.