"fiend": in anyone's active vocab?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 12 02:14:25 UTC 2005

On 11/11/05, Douglas Dee <AmateurLinguist at aol.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: "fiend": in anyone's active vocab?
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> I'd say "fiend" is in my active vocabulary, but not in its serious sense.
> I think I got the word from my grandmother.  If I left a window open, she'd
> call me a "fresh air fiend," and if I defeated her at Scrabble, backgammon, or
> whatever, she'd say "You're a fiend!"
> I'd probably use the word in the same way, but I'd never say anything like,
> "The fiends who plotted this terrorist act must be brought to justice."  That
> would sound silly.
> Doug

I'm with you on this, Doug.
-Wilson Gray

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