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Athletic Association, the national body promoting
the Gaelic games of hurling and football.
32 The gombeen man (from ‘gambín’, interest on a loan; from MiddleEnglish
‘cambie’, exchange, barter; from Latin ‘cambium’) is a village usurer,
usually a shopkeeper, publican, merchant or estate agent, a native Irish petty
33 Samuel Johnson, cited in R. Corrigan (ed.), Comedy: Meaning and Form
(New York: Harper and Row, 1981).
34 S. Freud, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (London: Penguin,
1981), pp. 261–2.
35 K. Keohane, and D. Chambers, ‘Understanding