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Post by Sharz » Wed January 18th, 2012, 3:38 am

Bundling has long been part of Amish courtship customs, although I don't know just how common in more recent decades.

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Post by Rowan » Wed January 18th, 2012, 2:07 pm

carfuddle - To discompose; to rumple. Synonymous with carfuffle, to disorder.


I'd also like to point out that today was the birth date of Peter Mark Roget. Anyone care to guess what he's famous for? :p

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Post by LoveHistory » Wed January 18th, 2012, 7:22 pm

Roget is famous for his discovery of the world's most wordy dinosaur. :D

I'm guessing carfuffle is the forerunner of kerfuffle, which is one of my favorite words.

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Post by Rowan » Wed January 18th, 2012, 7:26 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]Roget is famous for his discovery of the world's most wordy dinosaur. :D [/quote]

This is my status for the day on FB and Gmail:

Happy Birthday Peter Mark Roget! Your influence on language has been immeasurable, bottomless, boundless, countless, endless, illimitable, extensive, indefinite, inestimable, infinite, unfathomable, unlimited, unmeasurable AND vast. :)

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Post by Rowan » Thu January 19th, 2012, 1:36 pm

adulter - To commit adultery with another; a word not classical. ~ Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

Holer, adulterer; libertine; from French holier. ~ Herbert Coleridge's Oldest Words in the English Language, 1863

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Post by Madeleine » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 10:37 am

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]I read a scene about bundling in Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches. It's rather sexy. I also saw a bundling scene in the movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson (eye roll) and the sadly now deceased Heath Ledger. Very cute one there.

I was dashelled today. A tornado came winding its nasty way down my road. I'm fine. Just a bit dashelled. : )[/quote]

I've just read this scene and yes it's quite sexy ;) They also mention that bundling was popular with the Dutch and Amish people, and talk about the boards too, which must have been a bit uncomfortable! :eek:
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Post by Rowan » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 1:54 pm

green-sickness - A disease incident to virgins. ~ Noah Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, 1806.

A disease in which the person has a sickly paleness, with a green tinge of the complexion, chiefly confined to unmarried females. ~ James Stormonth's Dictionary of the English Language, 1884

mallemarocking - The visiting and carousing of seamen in the Greenland ships. ~ William Smyth's Sailor's Word-Book, 1867

Formed on Dutch mallemarok, a foolish woman, tomboy; from mal, foolish, and marok, adaptation of French marotte, [an] "object of foolish affection." ~ Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908

out-pick-pick - The kind of pick-pick [a fish from whose bones the flesh is easily picked] that is caught further out to sea than the ordinary one. ~ Alan Ross' Pitcairnese Language, 1964

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Post by Madeleine » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 2:09 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]green-sickness - A disease incident to virgins. ~ Noah Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, 1806.

A disease in which the person has a sickly paleness, with a green tinge of the complexion, chiefly confined to unmarried females. ~ James Stormonth's Dictionary of the English Language, 1884[/quote]

I'm intrigued - jealousy maybe?! :confused: ;)
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Post by LoveHistory » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 5:49 pm

I've heard of green-sickness. Good to know what it means now.

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 6:59 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]This is my status for the day on FB and Gmail:

Happy Birthday Peter Mark Roget! Your influence on language has been immeasurable, bottomless, boundless, countless, endless, illimitable, extensive, indefinite, inestimable, infinite, unfathomable, unlimited, unmeasurable AND vast. :)
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that reminds me. Does anybody know another word for thesaurus?

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