The Linen Bedding

Lying Atop the Linen Bedding

Etymology: atop, adverb, “on or at the top,” 1650s, from a (1) + top (n.1). Two words or hyphenated at first; not fully established as one word until the late 19th century.

“A quick writhe placed him atop”.

– Norman Springer, Fire Mountain

“Tim Slater, he was that, ye know, says ‘twas an uncommon fine ‘un, lying’ right atop the chist.”

–H. A. Cody, The Frontiersman

“You see, they would have took it all atop, and no mistake”

– William Fred De  Morgan, When Ghost Meets Ghost

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