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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Black Letter Day.
An unlucky day; one to be recalled with regret. The Romans marked their unlucky days with a piece of black charcoal, and their lucky ones with white chalk.   1
   Black-letter dogs. Literary antiquaries who poke and pry into every hole and corner to find out black-letter copies of books.   2
“By fell black-letter dogs …
That from Gothic kennels eager strut.”
Matthias: Pursuits of Literature.

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