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Irascibility

Caius, Dr.
irritable physician. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Donald Duck
cantankerousness itself. [Comics: Horn, 216–217]
Elisha
sics bears on boys for their jibing. [O.T.: II Kings 2:23–24]
Findlay, Maude
out-spoken, oft-married, liberated woman. [TV: “Maude” in Terrace, II, 79–80]
Granny
cantankerous matriarch of the Clampett family. [TV: “The Beverly Hillbillies” in Terrace, I, 93–94]
Hotspur
Sir Henry Percy, so named for his fiery character. [Br. Lit.: I Henry IV]
Houlihan, Hot Lips
resident termagant of M ° A ° S ° H 4077. [TV: “M ° A ° S ° H” in Terrace, II, 70–71]
Nipper, Susan
sharp-tongued nurse of Florence Dombey. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Tybalt
irascible foil to peacemaking Benvolio. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
yellow bile
humor effecting temperament of irritability. [Medieval Physiology: Hall, 130]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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