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The association became clinched in our language, and many of us first learned this simile in the opening of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, in which Scrooge himself cogitates about the deadness of doornails:
If he forgets a word there's a silence as he cogitates, before returning to the point where he left off and continuing the anecdote.
Investors may fight shy of the euro while she cogitates.