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harlequin

Postby Bailey » Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:26 pm

har·le·quin (härl-kwn, -kn)
n.
1. Harlequin A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell'arte, traditionally presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
2. A clown; a buffoon.
adj.
Having a pattern of brightly colored diamond shapes.



[Obsolete French, from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, a demon, perhaps from Middle English *Herleking, from Old English Herla cyning, King Herla, a mythical figure identified with Woden.]

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. harlequin - a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
merry andrew, buffoon, clown - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

Do you say Harle (kwin) or kin?
I heard a lady repeatedly say harle-kwin over and over, it drove me nutty.

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Postby Huia Iesou » Fri Jun 30, 2006 5:21 pm

I say kwin.
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Postby skinem » Fri Jun 30, 2006 6:17 pm

Kwin.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:05 pm

Kwin here too.

But what do I know? I thought it was MIH-gruh-to-ree.

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Postby sluggo » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:54 pm

Actually I'm not sure. I think "Kin" is my preference but I don't know if I learned it as such or adapted based on spelling.

"Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers..." --Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969
hmm, I seem to remember they say "Kin" too...?
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Postby sluggo » Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:55 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:Kwin here too.

But what do I know? I thought it was MIH-gruh-to-ree.

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As opposed to MIH-gruh-tree?
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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:44 pm

Nah, it's not MIH-gruh-tree. You're making that up.

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Postby sluggo » Sat Jul 01, 2006 6:31 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:Nah, it's not MIH-gruh-tree. You're making that up.

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Nah I ain't. I'm thinking of the British penchant for putting -tory into one syllable. They made it up.

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Postby Perry » Sat Jul 01, 2006 6:40 pm

I say definitely kin. Remember that it comes from the French.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Jul 01, 2006 7:37 pm

Then you should say aRlekê (nasally and stressed on the last syllable).

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Postby Perry » Sun Jul 02, 2006 3:02 pm

More like arleCAn
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Postby Huny » Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:02 am

O.k.fine, so does anyone know what has happened to Perry? It seems like he has taken leave of us. :( Or did I miss something again?
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Postby Palewriter » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:08 am

Perry wrote:I say definitely kin. Remember that it comes from the French.


Well, so does "dandelion", but I don't generally say don-duh-LEE-on.

KWIN here.


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Postby Brazilian dude » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:12 am

And so does 70% or so of the English vocabulary!

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Postby Palewriter » Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:18 am

Brazilian dude wrote:And so does 70% or so of the English vocabulary!

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Gosh. Is it that much? Merde, alors.

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