adj. long-lived; living or having lived to a great age
n. rambling talk
n. feasting, banqueting
adj. suspending judgment
The Scythians always ate their grandfathers; they behaved very respectfully to them for a long time, but as soon as their grandfathers became old and troublesome, and began to tell long stories, they immediately ate them. Nothing could be more improper, and even disrespectful, than dining off such near and venerable relations; yet we could not with any propriety accuse them of bad taste in morals.
— Sydney Smith, “On Taste,” 1805