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HUSBANDRY

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:00 am

February 10, 2005
• husbandry •

Pronunciation: hêz-bên-dri • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Mass noun (no plural)

Meaning: 1. Conservation, the careful management of money or other resources. 2. Scientific farm management, especially the management of farm animals.
Notes: Women are probably surprised to discover that today's word doesn't mean lounging around watching football in order to avoid household chores. Husbandry, to tell the truth, is something women are often better at than men. This Good Word derives not from the noun, husband, but from the verb, to husband "to conserve, to spend judiciously, to scrimp", as to husband one's money or time.

In Play: You might try this word in lieu of more grating ones in this manner, "Your husbandry of the truth makes me much less susceptible to persuasion." There are so many places where that expression works. Remember, anything considered a resource that is easily overspent, may (and should) be husbanded, "Ivan Oder can't understand why his wife husbands her affection for him so tightly." (Can you?)

Word History: This very Good Word originated as Old English husbonda, one of many words snitched from Old Norse. This one was originally husbondi "freeholder, peasant with his own farm", a compound noun made up of hus "house" + bondi "estate owner", the present participle of bua "to have a household". This is where the meaning of "to manage a farm" originated. The Old Norse-speaking Vikings who invaded England in the 9th century often took Anglo-Saxon wives. These women proudly referred to their husbands as land-owners. Other women later stretched the truth until the meaning of the noun changed—but not that of the verb. Curious, eh, what?
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Postby Apoclima » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:04 pm

Very cool! So husband comes from "householder." Always a good choice for a woman!

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Postby KatyBr » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:48 pm

HA! I know who Apoclima is.

Apropos of nuttin much.... A good Husbandman is the good farmer, also the proper husband, one who puts his family's welfare and growth first, he cares tenderly for the crops, and increases it before his own pleasures.

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Hello, old friend!

Postby Apoclima » Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:06 am

Shh! You'll blow my cover!

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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:41 pm

How can you know who he/she is?

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Postby KatyBr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:35 pm

BD,
Because I wrote his signature line.

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Postby tcward » Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:31 pm

Apo, how do you pronounce your name here?

a-PO-cli-ma

A-po-CLI-ma

??

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Postby KatyBr » Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:55 pm

one editorial note on husbandry....

sorry to go back ONtopic, *slap my hands!*
A man who is ~this kind of husband~ has a great chance at a sucessful marriage. It helps to have a `sarah-kind of wife`, too.


~A man should serve His wife as Christ served the Church, to give himself up for her and even die for her!

`Sarah called her husband "master"`

but it's an exceptional pair who can accomplish this.

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Re: HUSBANDRY

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:42 pm

After eight (!) years, it's fascinating to see that HUSBANDRY got almost twice as many views as LOVE, which gets talked about in the posts and was the Good Word just before it.

I'm not sure that those posters ever show up any more, but if so, I'd like to know whether Katy means her real name is Max Planck.
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