home is home though it’s never so homely

The archaic phrase never so means ‘ever so’.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs I. iv. B1 Home is homely, though it be poore in syght.

1569–70 Stationers’ Register (1875) 1.192 A ballett intituled home ys homelye be yt neuer so ill.

1670 J. RAY English Proverbs 103 Home is home though it be never so homely.

1857 DICKENS Little Dorrit II. ix. ‘Just as Home is Home though it’s never so Homely, why you see,’ said Mr. Meagles, adding a new version to the proverb, ‘Rome is Rome though it’s never so Romely.’

1915 J. WEBSTER Dear Enemy 46 Hame is hame, be’t ever sae hamely. Don’t you marvel at the Scotch?


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