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  •  I like "fart" because in the Germanic (4+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, rb608, Notreadytobenice, DvCM

    AND in the Romance Languages it means the same thing and goes all the way back to the same PIE word, *pérde, which meant "to fart," (if I'm reading my American Heritage Dictionary correctly).

    From Middle English ferten, farten, from Old English *feortan (in feorting (verbal noun)), from Proto-Germanic *fertanan (compare German farzen, furzen, Norwegian fjert), from Proto-Indo-European *pérde. Cognate to Welsh rhech, Albanian pjerdh, Russian пердеть, French péter, Ancient Greek πέρδομαι (perdomai)
    In Spanish, "pedo."
    •  Oops, I was quoting Wiktionary, not (2+ / 0-)
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      the AHD, though I did look at the AHD too.

      http://en.wiktionary.org/...

    •  Also "partridge", literally "a stinking bird". (2+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, Anak

      Who knows why the 18th century schoolmasters didn't change it (like they did "dout" to "doubt) to "fartridge"?

      (I once wrote a college paper on the etymology of "fart".)  

      NEW PALINDROMIC METAPHOR MEANING TO MAKE A PREDICTION THAT IS ASTOUNDINGLY OFF TARGET: "Pull a Gallup!" As in: "The weatherman said yesterday would be sunny and mild, but we got a foot of snow! Boy, did he pull a Gallup!"

      by Obama Amabo on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:19:49 AM PST

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      •  Haha! Ok, I didn't get your "fartridge" comment (1+ / 0-)
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        Ojibwa

        until now. Haha!

        It's funny that the words for "hand" or "house" are from different roots in the IE languages, but somehow "fart" survived intact!!

        •  This is not uncommon with words... (1+ / 0-)
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          Ojibwa

          ...that have undergone pejoration (fart, shit, fuck, cunt,..). The word fades from polite conversation even as it becomes more salient and thus more highly charged and "valuable" in the right circumstance. And that value keeps it from losing currency and undergoing evolutionary mutation, as happens with less essential memes.

          At least, that's what my paper argued. :-)

          NEW PALINDROMIC METAPHOR MEANING TO MAKE A PREDICTION THAT IS ASTOUNDINGLY OFF TARGET: "Pull a Gallup!" As in: "The weatherman said yesterday would be sunny and mild, but we got a foot of snow! Boy, did he pull a Gallup!"

          by Obama Amabo on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:27:28 AM PST

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