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serruptiously

Postby Apoclima » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:15 am

I can't find this word in any dictionary on the web. Is it a real word? Am I spelling it wrong? Am I loosing my mind?

Does it mean stealthfully or slyly?

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Postby tcward » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:34 am

Looks like a bizarre misspelling of surreptitiously to me...

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Postby Apoclima » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:56 pm

Thanks, Tim! (I guess I did loose my mind, temporarily!)

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Postby Stargzer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:39 pm

tcward wrote:Looks like a bizarre misspelling of surreptitiously to me...

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Not so bizarre as a mere transposition . . .

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Re: serruptiously

Postby KatyBr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:18 pm

Apoclima wrote:I can't find this word in any dictionary on the web. Is it a real word? Am I spelling it wrong? Am I loosing my mind?

Does it mean stealthfully or slyly?

Apo

Could you have come up with this spelling because some people pronounce surreptitiously with emphasis on the second sylabyl? where many of us in the US pronounce it with the emphasis on the third?

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Postby tcward » Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:35 pm

OK, Larry, I admit, 'bizarre' was a rather strong modifier in this case... ;)

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Postby Dr. Goodword » Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:48 pm

Maybe I should take a run at this one. I'll bet there are a lot of people out there who have a sense of this word but have difficulty keeping up with its syllables. It has a noble and interesting ancestry, too; related to 'raptor'.

I'll try to squeeze it into March; otherwise, early April.
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