freemasonry among horsey men

dictionaryThis is Sherlock Holmes, explaining the reason for his disguise:

I left the house a little after eight o’clock this morning in the character of a groom out of work. There is a wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of them, and you will know all that there is to know. (“A Scandal in Bohemia”) Project Gutenberg

One of the many things I love about reading on my Kindle is that I can point to a word on the screen and immediately see how the New Oxford American Dictionary defines the term. (This turns out to be the same dictionary that comes bundled with Mac OS X, so I get the same definitions on both platforms.)

freemasonry

“Instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common.” I had no idea that “freemasonry” had this secondary meaning. I love it. I’ll try to slip it into casual conversation at some point.

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One Response to freemasonry among horsey men

  1. Peter R. Thorsen Jr. says:

    I had no idea that it had a second meaning also. However, be careful about slipping it into casual conversation. We’re out there and we’re listening and lurking. Why yes, I am a Freemason in case you didn’t know. But then again, I can hear you saying, “It doesn’t surprise me in the least”. lol.

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