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Postby Flaminius » Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:27 am

Definition quoted below. The most frequent sense I hear the word is used in is, "involuntary standby from working." I came across this word while a server breakdown furloughed me at the office. No cure is better than venting it out as a sublimated language fun.

NOUN: 1a. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces. b. A usually temporary layoff from work. c. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner. 2. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: fur·loughed, fur·lough·ing, fur·loughs
1. To grant a leave to. 2. To lay off (workers).
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of vorloffe, furlogh, from Dutch verlof, from Middle Dutch. See leubh- in Appendix I.

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Postby Apoclima » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:55 am

Furlough, often furlong in the orient, means many things!

"After the capture of that enemy combatant, I was given a furlough in Tokyo."

"I wish my furlong was that long!"

"I would furlough with you, but......"

"A forlough is something given a military man who has done something that he should be very proud of, or something he has yet to be forgiven for."

"I furlough that!"

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Postby Spiff » Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:05 am

If a Dutchman pronounces "verlof", it will even sound like "furlough". :)
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Postby Brazilian dude » Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:24 am

"I wish my furlong was that long!"

Why don't you use the peepee enlarging techniques they advertise on your junkmail? More than one person is satisfied. Look at this happy face - :D

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Postby KatyBr » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:41 pm

BD, I hear you whistling those dirty ditties, you are so funny.


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