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junto

Postby Stargzer » Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:36 pm

More from the tale of Mr. Van Winkle . . .

junto

SYLLABICATION: jun·to
PRONUNCIATION: jŭn'
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. jun·tos
A small, usually secret group united for a common interest.
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of junta.


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As used by Washington Irving to describe the ". . . kind of perpetual club of the sages, philosophers, and other idle personages of the village, which held its sessions on a bench before a small inn . . .:"

The opinions of this junto were completely controlled by Nicholas Vedder, a patriarch of the village and landlord of the inn, at the door of which he took his seat from morning till night, just moving sufficiently to avoid the sun, and keep in the shade of a large tree; so that the neighbors could tell the hour by his movements as accurately as by a sundial.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:12 am

Hahaha, junto, how funny. To us Spanish/Portuguese speakers, that only means together (or sometimes close by).

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Postby Stargzer » Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:21 pm

I posted junto because it was the first time I ever saw the word; usually in English we see the word junta, which has a slightly different connotation in English. It was easy to make out the similarity between the two based on the context, but the age of the story, written in the early 1800s, made that word stand out for me.
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