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Postby shivmongoose » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:58 pm

I'm a bricklayer who passes the Mensa test. I've used this word on both coasts of the United States yet the closest I've ever found on any dictionary is "pargit". I'm interested in origin and anything anyone might know about this word that I have personally used as the name of the god of masonry

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Re: parge

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:24 pm

The Agora is a subdivision of If you click on that title at the top of the page, it will take you to the Dictionary's home page which has an input space to look up words in multiple dictionaries. When I did that with "parge," I got six hits. All define the word as verb or noun meaning to cover with a thin coat of plaster. None has the etymology, so whether it derives from the name if a god, I can't yet say. Keep checking the site, because people from all over read the posts during a month or more, and someone may be more knowledgable.

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Re: parge

Postby Slava » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:12 pm wrote:Middle English, probably from pargetten, to parget, from Old French pargeter, parjeter, to throw about (par-, intensive pref. from Latin per; see per1 in Indo-European roots + jeter, to throw from Latin iactre, frequentative of iacere; see y- in Indo-European roots) and from Old French porgeter, to roughcast a wall (por-, forward ultimately from Latin porr; see per1 in Indo-European roots + iactre, to throw).
No gods here, as far as I can tell. Where did you get the name Parge in the first place? There does not appear to be any reference to such a god.
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Re: parge

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:42 pm

The god of masonry is called the Great Architect of the Universe. He/she is a syncretic god, offending no one but satisfying no one. Of course I am not referring to actual masons who lay bricks and stones but to the organization called the Masonic Lodge. And this reference is a little tongue in cheek.
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