"Oppositus," said Tom, twisting his fingers, and gazing first at Ethel, then at Harry, in hopes of being prompted, then at the ceiling and floor, the while he drawled out the word with a whine, "why, oppositus from op-posor." "A poser! ain't it?" said Harry. "Don't, Harry, you distract him," said Richard. "Come, Tom, say at once whether you know it or not it is of no use to invent."
He remonstrated in a somewhat hesitating voice. "Did you find that in the dictionary?" said he; "I thought affui came from adsum." "Oh, to be sure, stupid fool of a word, so it does!" said Tom hastily. "I had forgot adsum, ades, affui, adesse." Richard said no more, but proposed the word oppositus. "Adjective."