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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

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A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.
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Held her chin up and looked you up and down with eyes the colour of Scotch whisky, as much as to say, "Well, what
"'Ullo!" he says. Gentleman kind of gives a whoop, and hollers, "If it ain't my old pal, Jerry Moore!
SOCRATES: Not only that, my dear boy, but you may say further that I have never known of any one else who did, in my judgment.
I was sorry to hear Jim say that, it was such a lowering of him.
"Well, now," he says, perfectly ca'm, "what would you say if I was to tell you I ain't going to start in at all?"
You mean that the return of a deposit of gold which is to the injury of the receiver, if the two parties are friends, is not the repayment of a debt,--that is what you would imagine him to say?
Till something of a more beautiful red than vermilion be found out, I shall say nothing of Sophia's colour on this occasion.
However, I did come away, and lived almost a year more with my honest old woman, and began now to be very helpful to her; for I was almost fourteen years old, was tall of my age, and looked a little womanish; but I had such a taste of genteel living at the lady's house that I was not so easy in my old quarters as I used to be, and I thought it was fine to be a gentlewoman indeed, for I had quite other notions of a gentlewoman now than I had before; and as I thought, I say, that it was fine to be a gentlewoman, so I loved to be among gentlewomen, and therefore I longed to be there again.
Chadband is attached to no particular denomination and is considered by his persecutors to have nothing so very remarkable to say on the greatest of subjects as to render his volunteering, on his own account, at all incumbent on his conscience; but he has his followers, and Mrs.
He waved his hands like a man of the world, who dismisses religion and philosophy, and says "Fudge." He had certainly seen everything and with each curl of his lip, he declared that it amounted to nothing.
Veneering loses his way in the usual No Thoroughfares of speech, and Podsnap and Twemlow say Hear hear!
"Man," says this Madame Zozo, "the line of your fate shows--"