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Things you just don't get

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by tiecollector, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Stylish Dinosaur

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    The word, or throwing people out of windows?
     


  2. otc

    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Isn't it just a logical extension of the language?

    Fenestration is already a word referring to openings in the facade of a building...so you throw up the prefix de- (which is probably latin for out or down or something) and you get defenestrate
     


  3. E TF

    E TF Senior Member

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    Fenestra = Latin for window :teach:
     


  4. why

    why Distinguished Member

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    Well, the joke is that the word is French so it implies that the action is more common. :alien:
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Sequestration? :confused:
     


  6. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    I was actually just thinking about this yesterday. Which got me to thinking about the origins of the word delivery. De - livery. Which is from the French livree - to dispense or hand over.

    The German language is full of words we need to adopt (and ones we already have, like schadenfreude, zeitgeist, etc..):
    drachenfutter
    backpfeifengesicht
    orgasmusschwierigkeiten
     


  7. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    Freshman year bible studies: Quellengeschichte

    Said course was taught by an Englishman who was also our choir teacher, so who knows whether it's a real word or not.

    BTW: were you dealing with one of your new minions when you "defenestration" came to mind?
     
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  8. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    I feel any attempt at defenestrating the average government employee would result in severe back injury and muscle strain.
     


  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Do not forget the union grievance as, dood, that's not your job. You need to call Carl.
     


  10. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    We don't go for them unions down here.
     


  11. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Tea Partier!
     


  12. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    You might be surprised but they're starting to show some flexibility in picking candidates. A friend of ours is up for election to a local school board, and they absolutely hate her social leanings (and her clever way of dodging their preferences) but love her fiscal policy. So she's their man. ...so to speak.
     


  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Bagger!
     


  14. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    did you ever see the movie Pecker? I did, one time, and tea-bagging has taken on a whole new (and sordid) meaning.
     


  15. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    That movie now makes me think of Stitches.
     


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