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 Confusion Worse Confounded.Congé d’Elire 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
“To give a person his congé” is to dismiss him from your service. “To take one’s congé” is to give notice to friends of your departure. This is done by leaving a card at the friend’s house with the letters P.P.C. (pour prendre congé) inscribed on the left-hand corner. (French, donner congé and donner à son congé.)   1

 Confusion Worse Confounded.Congé d’Elire 


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