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Postby William Hupy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:30 am

I have never seen this word used as a noun. Further, it seems limited in use to the sense of placing trust or faith in someone and not in the sense of resting.
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Re: repose

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:59 pm

Without checking, my first remembrance is as the object of the preposition "in," which I notice you used in your query. Thus one lies in repose after death, perhaps holding a lily.
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Re: repose

Postby Slava » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:24 pm

They are actually two different words.
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Re: repose

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:13 am

The Spanish word for butterfly is "la mariposa" - the Virgin Mary in repose. If we had a list of the most beautiful words in any language, I believe that one would have to be near the top. An English writer was prompted to learn Spanish based on the beauty of that one word. I think it might have been Carlyle, but I cannot remember or Google it. Does anyone know?
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Re: repose

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:32 am

Slava: Of repose, you wrote, "They are actually two different words." I am not sure I understand you. I understand the two definitions of repose to be the same word with the same root and covering both noun and verb. What is so different between William Hupy's "placing trust or faith" and "resting peacefully"? I do think that William’s definition is rarely used. I have never used it. I love to repose and do it at every opportunity. I expect my body to be "in repose" after my death. But I won’t be there to experience that.
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Re: repose

Postby Slava » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:25 am

etymonline.com wrote:repose
"lie at rest," 1470, from M.Fr. reposer, from O.Fr. repauser (10c.), from L.L. repausare "cause to rest," from L. re-, intensive prefix, + L.L. pausare "to stop" (see pause). The noun is attested from 1509.

repose
"put, place," c.1420, from L. repos-, stem of reponere "put back, put away," from re- "back, away" + ponere "to put, place" (see position). Or perhaps formed in M.E. from O.Fr. poser, on model of disposen "dispose."


Different roots, same spelling in today's English.
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Re: repose

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:53 am

Slava: I bow to you and etymonline.
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Re: repose

Postby Perry Lassiter » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:52 pm

Philip, does that mean you bend at the waise or activate your violin? Two words, you know! ;-)
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Re: repose

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:49 am

Two words but etymologically kin. Also to tie one's shoe lace in a bow or decorate with bow. "And I'll stand out in buttons and bows." Old timers, can you identify the quote without Googling it?
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Re: repose

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:28 am

Pop song from 40s or 50s. Prob a show tune, but I forget the show.
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