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UBERTY

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:01 pm

• uberty •

Pronunciation: yu-bêr-tee • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, mass

Meaning: No, we didn't forget the P in our Good Word today; uberty is its own word. It means 1. abundance, copiousness and 2. fruitfulness, fertility.

Notes: Today's Good Word is the noun derived from the adjective uberous "abundant, copious". You may use the adjective as an adverb if you are careful to attach the adverbial suffix, -ly: uberously.

In Play: Uberty is a good synonym to relieve abundance of some of its work: "There was a uberty of ideas at the meeting but a dearth of volunteers to try any of them." Then, of course, we have Tim Ward's comment in our Alpha Agora, "Give me uberty or give me dearth." Or maybe something in between.

Word History: This interesting word comes from Latin ubertas "fruitfulness, fertility" borrowed along the same lines as liberty from libertas. Ubertas comes from the adjective uber "fruitful, fertile", which originated as a noun meaning "breast, udder". The Latin word uber derives from the same stem as the English word udder. You can also see it in English exuberant, which came from the present participle of Latin exuberare "to be superabundant". (We are grateful for the uberous vocabulary of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, the Brazilian Dude of the Agora, and the source of today's Good Word.)
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Re: UBERTY

Postby Stargzer » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:47 pm

Dr. Goodword wrote:• uberty •
. . .
Word History: This interesting word comes from Latin ubertas "fruitfulness, fertility" borrowed along the same lines as liberty from libertas. Ubertas comes from the adjective uber "fruitful, fertile", which originated as a noun meaning "breast, udder". The Latin word uber derives from the same stem as the English word udder. You can also see it in English exuberant, which came from the present participle of Latin exuberare "to be superabundant". (We are grateful for the uberous vocabulary of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, the Brazilian Dude of the Agora, and the source of today's Good Word.)


(Stargzer kowtows before the Good Doctor, echoing his words: "Udderly fascinating.")
Regards//Larry

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Re: UBERTY

Postby sluggo » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:21 am

Stargzer wrote:(Stargzer kowtows before the Good Doctor, echoing his words: "Udderly fascinating.")


That's it, milk it for all it's worth...
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Re: UBERTY

Postby Palewriter » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:33 am

sluggo wrote:
Stargzer wrote:(Stargzer kowtows before the Good Doctor, echoing his words: "Udderly fascinating.")


That's it, milk it for all it's worth...


Larry that kine of guy? Not from what I herd.

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Re: UBERTY

Postby sluggo » Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:26 am

Palewriter wrote:
sluggo wrote:
Stargzer wrote:(Stargzer kowtows before the Good Doctor, echoing his words: "Udderly fascinating.")


That's it, milk it for all it's worth...


Larry that kine of guy? Not from what I herd.

-- PW


Good, ah never lactose punsters- always gittin' them clever curds pasteurize...
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