Re: "Ignorant" = "rude" a Scotticism?
Ittaob at AOL.COM
Fri Jun 25 13:44:43 UTC 2004
The use of "ignorant" to mean "rude" is not limited to English. The Webster's
New World Italian-English Dictionary (originally published by Collins in the
UK) lists "boor" as one meaning of Italian "ignorante." This corresponds to an
earlier poster's theory that the meaning of many similar English words arose
out of invidious rural/urban distinctions.
sjb72 at columbia.edu
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