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Thread #85953   Message #2988469
Posted By: Ebbie
17-Sep-10 - 01:56 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Devil's NINE Questions
Subject: RE: Origins: The Devil's NINE Questions
If that song is an old one - a Child's - then 'meaner' probably had a different meaning than it does to Americans. We think of 'mean' as being unkind but the older meaning - still used in the UK? - means stingy, ungenerous. Nicht wahr?