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Footling

Postby Slava » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I came across this one in an article in The Economist. I thought I'd share.

It means trivial, piddling, foolish, ridiculous. The etymology might prove tricky, but I'm sure the Dr. can handle it.
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Re: Footling

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:51 pm

A footling is also a kind of breech birth where the feet come out first. The etymology of this word is obvious.

The etymology of footling, as suggested by Slava, is less sure. It may come from a French word for f**k. Perhaps the Good Doctor will take footling as a Good Word, although it doesn't seem to be a very "good" word to me.
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Re: Footling

Postby Perry Lassiter » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:28 am

I should think a good word would be one that becomes easily understood and useful for calling to mind that to which it refers.
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Re: Footling

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:37 am

Touché, Perry.
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