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From: "J Olsen" <>
Subject: Re: [MONTREAL] POST-1901 CENSUS:- Final Count
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 07:17:21 +0000
Tenterhooks are the hooks or bent nails used to stretch a piece of cloth.
According to the shorter OED the figurative use dates from 1532!
The tenter itself was a frame used to stretch woollen cloth so that it
Anyway, "respect" for using the proper version and not the degenerate
>From: "Muriel M. Davidson" <>
>Subject: [MONTREAL] POST-1901 CENSUS:- Final Count
>Date: 19, Thu May, 2005, 11:02 pm
> We have all been on tenterhooks (whatever that means)
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