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AFFRAY

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:43 pm

• affray •

Pronunciation: ê-frey Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. A fray, a noisy quarrel. 2. A brawl or fight. 3. In law, the fighting of two or more persons in a public place. (A fight in private is an assault and battery.)

Notes: Words that begin with A are always at risk of reanalysis, the misinterpretation of the initial A as the article a. Orange was originally Arabic narange but "a narange" was reanalyzed as "an orange". Apron comes from Old French naperon "small tablecloth", reanalyzed from "a napron" to "an apron". Affray, too, is being reanalyzed as "a fray" and is being replaced by fray. Why not keep the original?

In Play: The meaning of today's Good Word varies from that of an argument to that of a short fight. This is more likely a heated argument: "Our team lost the game when our high scorer, Stretch Hightower, got into a nasty affray with the referee and was sent to the showers." In this example, the implication is a physical altercation: "Brea Little intervened and very narrowly averted an affray when Al Pacca called Perry Yare a quiche-eating sissy."

Word History: Middle English, from Old French effrei, from esfraier "to disturb". It all started with PIE *pri- "to love", as in Russian prij-atel' "friend". In the Germanic languages, of course, the [p] became [f], so it turns up in English free and German Frieden "peace". An ancestor of German Frieden seems to have been borrowed into Gaulish Latin, perhaps *ex-fried-are "to remove from peacefulness", which then went on to become French esfraier. By the way, this same French word is the source of afraid, which originally meant "disturbed". (Today's Good Word comes courtesy of Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira, who haunts the Alpha Agora in the guise of The Brazilian Dude. Click here to meet him there today.)
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Postby KatyBr » Mon Sep 19, 2005 2:55 am

AHA, BD the Haint!

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Postby Brazilian dude » Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:12 am

I clicked there and I didn't meet myself.

No, I really didn't know haint, but Mr. Google knew it. I hope that word won't be haunting me now.

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Haint

Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:42 pm

Actually, where I come from, there are two haints: the auxiliary verb, "Ah hain't gone do that no matter what you say", and the kind that live in haunted houses (and, occasionally, the Agora).
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Postby Stargzer » Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:32 pm

In Play: "When someone asked why we didn't show up earlier," said the National Guardsman by way of explaining the multiple contusions about his person, "I shouted 'Posse Comitatus.' He thought I called him some kind of a Communist. One thing led to another, and I'm afraid we just affrayed."
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Postby M. Henri Day » Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:39 pm

Another one like that («... I'm afraid we just affrayed», Larry, and no Posse Comitatus Act in the world can save you - it'll be the US cavalry faster than you can blink an eye !...

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Postby Stargzer » Thu Sep 22, 2005 11:03 pm

As I told Henri (among other things) in a PM:

Henry Erskine: When asked if the pun is the lowest form of wit, he replied, "It is, and therefore the foundation of all wit."

:lol:

And some moreI found . . .
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Postby M. Henri Day » Fri Sep 23, 2005 7:04 am

Dare I confess that I usually enjoy puns, even those of others ?...

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