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Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Apr 2 01:01:40 UTC 2002

On Mon, 1 Apr 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:

#instance of etymythology in action.

I *like* that word!!

I picked this quote up from somebody's sig, but I don't remember whose:

The fact is, man is an etymologizing animal. He abhors the vacuum of
an unmeaning word. If it seems lifeless, he reads a new soul into it,
and often, like an unskillful necromancer, spirits the wrong soul into
the wrong body. -- The Rev. A. Smythe Palmer, Folk-Etymology, 1890

-- Mark A. Mandel

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