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buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:13 pm

I suggest the Good Doctor treat us to buffalo and the words derived from it as a Good Word of the Day. American English and Mexican Spanish both call the native bison of America buffalo. From personal knowledge, they are called cibolo in TexMex, though I cannot find a reference to this word on the Internet except as a place name. There are European and Asian animals called buffalo, but I am not discussing them. The word buffalo for the American bison has spawned a large number of words, many with obscure relationship to the buffalo. This goes from dancing girls to a state of health and virility to a specific shade of tan to the trade name of "Bufferin" for a headache medicine (presently not being sold).
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:13 pm

Didn't know buff came from buffalo. Including polishing, sharp and clean, and naked?

And did Seuss do the phrase "buffalo, biffalo, bison?"
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby gailr » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:34 pm

Young adult buffalo are known for being buff. :lol:
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby call_copse » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:43 am

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Slava » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:27 pm

That is quite the sentence. Hard to believe it's real. Good find.
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:48 pm

My immediate association with buffalo as a verb refers to being persistently puzzled, not intimidated. Finally found in an Oxford dictionary a fourth meaning as baffled. I can't evoke a memory of it being used to mean intimidate. What's your first impression on seeing the word as a verb?
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:23 am

To be buffaloed is to be confused or puzzled. Intentional confusion is the result of buffaloing. This is the major use of the verb in my experience. I am aware that it may also mean to intimidate, but I have never used it in that way.
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Slava » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:56 pm

I'm pretty sure most bullies buffalo their victims. After all, isn't the goal of bullying to cow someone else? :)
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:26 pm

Slava, beware! You are becoming as bad as the rest of us.
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Slava » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:35 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Slava, beware! You are becoming as bad as the rest of us.
Well, I try. Though I expect I can be a tad trying to some.
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby gailr » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:48 pm

Slava wrote:Well, I try. Though I expect I can be a tad trying to some.

Maybe when you're decalfeinated...
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby Slava » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:52 pm

Ow. That one gets a moo. :lol:
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Re: buffalo, buff, buffer

Postby misterdoe » Thu May 23, 2013 12:02 am

call_copse wrote:Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo

I was gonna post that! *pout*

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