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bong

Postby M. Henri Day » Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:38 am

From the AHD :
bong[sup]2[/sup] [...]
n.

A water pipe that consists of a bottle or a vertical tube partially filled with liquid and a smaller tube ending in a bowl, used often in smoking narcotic substances.

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[Thai baung.]

I was unfamiliar with any but the onomatopoetic use of this word, before reading the following in the current issueof Harpers Weekly Review (which I strongly recommend) :
... and a Vermont teenager was accused of breaking into a tomb and beheading a corpse. He apparently wanted to use the skull as a bong.

Another, for philologists certainly more encouraging notice from the Review is the following :
... Scientists used infrared technology to read lost
works by Sophocles, Euripides, and Hesiod...

Does anyone know the details ?...

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Postby anders » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:45 am

I suppose the quote refers to parts of the Oxyrhynchus find. Try, as ever so often, http://www.languagelog.com/ , on 050418, "A new form of the Urim and Thummim?"
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Postby M. Henri Day » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:32 pm

Thanks, Anders - I knew you'd come through ! But imagine if whole plays, poems, etc, are, in fact, found, instead of mere fragments ! Det vore underbart !

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Postby Brazilian dude » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:41 pm

There's the Swedish subjunctive for you, ladies and gentlemen!

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Postby wquinette » Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:17 pm

Any connection between bong and billabong ?

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Postby KatyBr » Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:16 pm

I would say no, the heat goes at the opposite end... nor linguistically either...

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