Sperage

Sper´age


n.1.Asperagus.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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There are also occasional errors, either of transcription or of unremarked instances of Iris's eccentricity of spelling (it is hard sometimes to be sure which): "The desserts [sic] of America have their buzzards" (126); "the sperage [2 steerage] son of a steerage mother" (133); a scattering of literals; for example, "complied" (for "compiled"), "blub" for "blurb" (both 156); and occasional failures of sense: "I do not argue with history's verdict that Iris was a distinctly minor poet.
Here is the passage from which he selected the phrase "the sperage son of a steerage mother": Thinking of himself, Iris adds, "The sperage son of a steerage mother is not a contemptible whiffmagig nor she a Tottie all-colours giving juice for the jelly of some Julius Caesar--a transmogriphy at the botchers for transmogrification." The spellings and coinages are Iris's.