Monday, February 22, 2010

The Word-Hoard: Feaze

feaze "To vex; to be in a feaze is to be in a state of excitement; still commonly colloquial in the States, especially in Virginia and the South...'I'll pheeze you,' says Christophoro Sly [in The Taming of the Shrew] meanin that he will vex the worthy hostess by staying...Another authority regards it as derived from the Anglo-Saxon fysan, used to denote the rapid and noisy movement of water, and from which we get the modern fizz. (John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889)

1 comment:

  1. I have heard elderly relatives say this long ago when I was a child, and I never had any idea what they mean until now! Thanks!