Careful Words

square (n.)

square (v.)

square (adv.)

square (adj.)

Straight down the crooked lane,

And all round the square.

Thomas Hood (1798-1845): A Plain Direction.

Unto dying eyes

The casement slowly grows a glimmering square.

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892): The Princess. Part iv. Line 33.

  If you choose to represent the various parts in life by holes upon a table, of different shapes,—some circular, some triangular, some square, some oblong,—and the persons acting these parts by bits of wood of similar shapes, we shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole. The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly that we can say they were almost made for each other.

Sydney Smith (1769-1845): Sketches of Moral Philosophy.

I have not kept my square; but that to come

Shall all be done by the rule.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Antony and Cleopatra. Act ii. Sc. 3.