The Prince of Wales's New Livery
Machinery, Gender, Language
Discussing the obligations to which Prince Edward pledged on becoming a member of the Merchant Taylors' Company, notes that the prince is only allowed to take into service 'apprentices duly bound, without fraud or male engine'. Suspects that '"Male engine" may be presumed to mean "evil contrivances"; for engines have no genders, unless screws may be called genders'.
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