Friday, December 2, 2011


Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, 1896, page 83
“It was a fine thing to see how that young swashbuckler had made himself so popular in a strange land in so little a while, and without other helps to his advancement than just his tongue and the talent to use it given him by God – a talent which was but one talent in the beginning, but was now become ten through husbandry and the increment and usufruct that do naturally follow that and reward it as by a law.”

usufruct |ˈyoōzəˌfrəkt; -sə-|noun Roman Lawthe right to enjoy the use and advantages of another's property short of the destruction or waste of its substance.ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin usufructus, from Latin usus (et) fructus ‘use (and) enjoyment,’ fromusus ‘a use’ fructus ‘fruit.’

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