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 Swashbuckler.Swear Black is White (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
now means to take an oath, but the primitive sense is merely to aver or affirm; when to affirm on oath was meant, the word oath was appended, as “I swear by oath.” Shakespeare uses the word frequently in its primitive sense; thus Othello says of Desdemona—   1
“She swore, in faith, ’twas strange, ’twas passing strange.”
Othello, i. 3.

 Swashbuckler.Swear Black is White (To). 


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