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William Hupy
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Postby William Hupy » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:27 am

I like it that the Latin Mother's daughters have retained the sense of this word over centuries. English, German (kurz) and Spanish (corto) all use this to represent short, that is brief, not height.
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Re: curt

Postby Slava » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:40 am

A bit rude, though. No?
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Re: curt

Postby Philip Hudson » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:26 am

I believe the English meaning is the only rude one. The German and Spanish words seem to mean merely short. Shipely takes it back to a PIE word ker that means to scratch or to cut. The root seems to have many branches. In Scottish cutty, of Cutty Sark (mini skirt) fame, is from this PIE root. I sort of like to hear the word because it is so crisp and, well, curt. I notice the given name Kurt often is applied to people of a decisive nature. Perhaps the name influence their development. But I refuse to get into name calling.
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Re: curt

Postby Slava » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:27 pm

So sorry, I guess I should have used a smiley. My previous comment was meant to be taken as humor.
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