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Words That are Somewhat Obscure, But Still Quite Usable

 
 
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2006 03:38 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Letty wrote:
Hussy: noun
A loose woman:pejorative of German hausfrau meaning housewife.


Where did you find that explanation Shocked


Letty is partly correct, Walter, but only partly. The derivation of 'hussy' is more properly not from hausfrau (the word probably didn't exist yet) but from the proto-Germanic Old English hus-wyf, meaning 'housewife' (or hausfrau, if you will Smile). Thw two languages -- modern German and Old English -- developed in a parallel path until 1066 when Duke Guilliame (William or Wilhelm) of Normandy invaded England and Norman French became the language of the Court. From that point, the development of English took a Francophic turn while that of German continued on its straight path right to tady's Hochdeutsch.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2006 03:39 pm
But, in retrospect, you probably knew all that all along, Walter. Smile
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2006 03:43 pm
I'm a hausmann and not emanzipated, so I really don't care about such :wink:
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2006 10:19 pm
Setanta wrote:
When Brandon contends that a word such as florid is obscure, this thread become meaningless.

Not that there was much hope for it to start with.


Personality Disorders
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Mon 18 Sep, 2006 10:32 pm
expiate - verb - To make amends or reparation for; atone.

Example:
He spent years attempting to make amends to expiate his guilt.
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