This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
If one is really convinced that " language was given to man for the purpose of concealing his thoughts," he would no doubt commence to exercise that faculty on giving common names to plants. For instance, a friend called our attention to the "shrubby trefoil," lately (Ptelea trifoliata). He was "corrected" and told it was not a trefoil, but the " Hop tree." Our young friend was confident he was right, - so we turned to the Botanical authorities and under "trefoils" found nothing but clovers, trifoliums - trefoils. He was discomfited, and we pitied his annoyance, - but shortly he pointed out the place right in that book, where Ptelea was also a " trefoil." Now if Ptelea is to be a "trefoil," and Trifolium a " trefoil," we must submit to the popular dictum, - but really we should prefer the hard names to such a mixing, if the dear people will only let us.
To the " manor born." - A correspondent using Shakespeare's expression, "to the manner born," was made by the proof-reader to say " manor." The proof-reader has many authorities for this, and is excusable. But we sympathize with our correspondent, when we say "poets are born not made" - we mean that they are born in that manner, - and this is clearly what Shakespeare meant. To the manner born, - that is born in that manner - a manner natural to one.