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  A Few More Improbable Word Origins
by Patrick A Granfors
Friday, January 14, 2011
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Never would have figured.



  • Chastity – Elizabethan derivative of “chase” & “titty”, primarily resulting from the King’s displeasure with his leaping lord’s for their hot pursuit of his ladies’ bosoms which led to the development of specially designed belts.


  • Senators – Derivative of the Arabic word “sena,” which means “to praise” and “toros,” Spanish for “the bull”, hence “to praise the bull.” (see also, “bullshit”)


  • Vocational – Derivative of “vocal” and “occasional”, the ability to control one’s incessant chatter.


  • Probate – Derivative of “probe” and “bait”, the state sponsored dragnet that roots around in your tackle box while fishing for estate revenue.


  • President – Birthers’ derivative of “present” and “identity”, a fragmented group’s contention that Obama’s birth identity and current identity are nationally different.


  • Hebrew – Simple derivative of “He “and “brew”, a male dominated cult of beer makers.


  • Barstool – Another simple derivative of “bar” and “stool” which describes the end result of eating greasy hamburgers at your local tavern.


  • Romantics – Diocesan derivative of “Roman” and “antics,” describing various indiscretions with altar boys.


  • Repulsive – Used to describe the successful implimentation of a defibrillator.


  • Audible – Obnoxious subliminal advertising derivative of “Audi,” the car, and “dibble,” which means to plant.


  • Catatonic  - Used to describe tonic water that has gone flat








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Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Senators is really convincing, Patrick! Catatonic... hmmmm... isn't this also a word that describes the tranquilising effect some felines have on us stressed-out humans?! :)) These are compelling and addictive... definitions please!!!!!!!!!!!! xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I love your wit and humor; this is so very clever, Patrick. Thanks for the smiles. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
My goodness, this is as precious as the last one you wrote, very creative...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Hilarious!!!!! Thanks for the chuckles so early on this fine Saturday morning! You're a hoot!!!

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
funny stuff!
Reviewed by George Carroll
Now I know why I'm so repulsive. Shocking
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
You've convinced me to stop eating at my local tavern - just drinks from now on.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
A playful and eloquent collection here...
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
How in the hell do you think up this stuff, Patrick? I hate to think of the origin of my name: Lichterman....Actually, the name is German for the man that lit the gas lights.
Mark... Uh, like a spot?
He brew, they brew, who knew, most of them drunk on honey wine all the time, you forgot fornicate, but it's not too late, please carry on, I like your dictionary, nary a word is boring.
Hugs! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Another "sick" write from he who is the sickest of them all...e
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