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brigand

Postby William Hupy » Mon May 06, 2013 9:03 am

This is a word that has good out of favor. I advocate bringing it back and applying it liberally to those in investment banking and maybe even a few Congress people. It appears to have come from Italian and shares a root with brigade. Also, has anyone noticed how many words we have for those who steal: burglars, robbers, thieves, highwaymen, brigands, outlaw, pirates?
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Re: brigand

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon May 06, 2013 4:49 pm

Here's a site with 38 synonyms, not including yegg or keiper, nor the dubious smash and grabber.
http://thesaurus.com/browse/Thief?s=t

You may be onto something. If Eskimos have so many words for snow because they are surrounded by it, what does that say for we English speakers. And I just remembered plagiarist. And does Yclept mean someone stole a name?
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Re: brigand

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu May 09, 2013 9:53 pm

Perry wrote, "And does Yclept mean someone stole a name?"
Despite the sinister sight and sound of yclept, it doesn't fall into larceny. What are you doing, Perry, studying Middle English?
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Re: brigand

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri May 10, 2013 12:15 am

Stuff just pops up randomly in my head.
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Re: brigand

Postby gailr » Fri May 10, 2013 1:35 am

Perry - how would you define an iClept? :D
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Re: brigand

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri May 10, 2013 1:21 pm

iClept: the act of hacking FaceBook.
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