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2016-04-21 Folly; fall:

Hello,  I hope you're having a fine week,         The word 'fall' is an oldie!  Barnhart's Dictionary of Etymology informs us that 'fall' descended from Old English 'feallan' (approx.900)  meaning, no

2016-01-18 Words:

     Hello,I hope you're having a fine weekend,    Assumptions are beliefs which one presumes to be true;   a supposition.       According to the Oxford English Dictionary:  The act of taking something

2016-01-09 slang use of word "hoot":

 Hello, I hope you're having a fine week,    I've checked numerous sources and, as with much etymology, there seems to be no 'aha' moment. The best we could find were educated guesses.   The expression

2015-12-29 English:

Hello, I hope that you are having a fine weekend.  The  literal equivalent of the word "uninitiated"  might be the phrase "members only".     The word "inexperienced" might be considered a synonym of

2015-11-27 Letter signed off with following latin words:

 Hello, I hope that you are having a fine day.        Literally , the Latin phrase 'Fati  venit' means 'fate comes'.  Figuratively, in today's world, I think the closest we can get to its meaning might

 

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