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dwindle

Postby eberntson » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:08 pm

From the word dwine, meaning to waste away. Rooted in middle and old English, coming from Norse according to Webster's.

Just love the way this word makes the mouth move when spoken…

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Re: dwindle

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:36 pm

The authorities lead me to understand that dwine has dwindled into obsolescence except in obscure localities. One of those localities is in the sticks. I well remember Granny saying, "After old man Hebsacker died, Mrs. Hebsacker just dwined away."
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Re: dwindle

Postby Slava » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:46 pm

Time to update moon terminology. A dwindling crescent, anyone?

Now, what would the opposite be?
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Re: dwindle

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:56 pm

The moon in my sky waxes and wanes.
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Re: dwindle

Postby Slava » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:09 am

Are you sure that's not wanes and waxes? :lol:
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Re: dwindle

Postby eberntson » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:26 am

I know that my glass of beer often dwindles away. The moon not withstanding, as an optimist I would say occasionally the beer glass waxes. And as realists we all know glasses of beer always wane. Cheers!
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Re: dwindle

Postby Philip Hudson » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Be aware of the dwindling days. "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," - Robert Herrick
Recall Sinatra singing "September Song":
"Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few
September, November
And these few precious days I'll spend with you
These precious days I'll spend with you"

Sorta gets you right there don't it?
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