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Postby Grogie » Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:02 pm

The act of interrupting someone while speaking. ''The great orator got tired of the man,s continued interfations.''

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Re: Interfation

Postby Slava » Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:12 am

I wonder if the plural is necessary, or even allowed, here. Wouldn't it work just as well in the singular, 'continued interfation'? And, as it's an extremely obscure, obsolete word, how do we find out if it's a count noun or not?
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Re: Interfation

Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:39 pm

alphaDictionary's search of almost all the English dictionaries on the Web turns up zilch. OED offers two citations from the 17th century. Its etymology only goes back to Latin interfari: inter- "between" + fari "to speak".
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Re: Interfation

Postby mnichols0 » Thu Aug 18, 2022 4:00 am

Well, if the word is obscure, it shouldn't be! It's much needed in our uncivil society.

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