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Subhumerate

Postby Grogie » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:01 am

To carry on one,s shoulders. ''He subhumerated the big bag of flour into the kitchen.''
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Postby Slava » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:45 am

The root here reminds me of why the funny bone is so called.

It borders on the humerus.
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Postby Perry » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:13 pm

An odd word, since the shoulders are surely above the humerus.
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Postby Slava » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:16 pm

humerus
1706, "bone of the upper arm," orig. (14c.) "shoulder," a misspelled borrowing of L. umerus "shoulder," from PIE *omesos (cf. Skt. amsah, Gk. omos, O.N. ass, Goth. ams "shoulder").
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This appears to make it an error that made it into history.
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Postby Audiendus » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:08 pm

Slava wrote:This appears to make it an error that made it into history.

It is interesting that umerus also developed into the Spanish hombro (shoulder). Again, an initial 'h'. Coincidence?
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Postby Slava » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:17 pm

Did the Spanish perhaps regularly add an "h" to certain formations? I admit I know nothing of Spanish.
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