@MattЭллен Does that actually work on both sexes? I always thought it only worked on women.
> Etymology of against: Formed on aȝen, ayen, again, by genitive ending -es, after the kindred tó-ʒeánes, to-yenes in which a genitive, governed by tó, is found in the oldest English: see to-gains. Late in the 14th c., after the -es had ceased to be syllabic, the final -ens, -ains developed in the south a parasitic -t as in amongs-t, betwix-t, amids-t, probably confused with superlatives in -st, and c 1525 this became universal in literary English; aganis, agains, sinking into a dialectal northern form. The earlier forms of againes present all the dialectal variations found in again. The po…
> Late in the 14th c., after the -es had ceased to be syllabic, the final -ens, -ains developed in the south a parasitic -t as in amongs-t, betwix-t, amids-t, probably confused with superlatives in -st . . .
@GnomeSlice I really don’t click on YouTube links very often. It interrupts my serenity.
@skullpatrol Given that the SMGL tag the OED uses for historical variants is <VL> and the one they use for etymology is <ET>, this query reveals other head words that also mention something parasitic in either of those two sections:
macbook# oedgrep '(?:<(VL|ET)>)(?:(?\!<\/\1).)*parasitic'
I presume they are going to tell us that the -s- in isle is parasitic.
Sorry about the severe LTS there.
I was, of course, wrong.
> The form ilde contains a parasitic d, as in vilde (vile), tyld (tile), mould (mole), which was probably developed quite independently of idle, though formation from that by transposition was also possible: cf. neld, neelde, needle.
That’s from isle.
I think cooties are head lice and thus inarguably parasitic. :)
cootie /ˈkuːtɪ/, sb.2 slang.
Etymology: ? f. Malay kutu parasitic biting insect.
A body louse.
1917 Empey From Fire Step 24 ― ‘Does the straw bother you, mate? It’s worked through my uniform and I can’t sleep.’ In a sleepy voice he answered, ‘That ain’t straw, them’s cooties.’
1918 in F. A. Pottle Stretchers (1930) 199, ― I could soon fall asleep thinking how absurd to worry over lice and cooties when a man was at war.
1918 E. M. Roberts Flying Fighter 106, ― I made the acquaintance of a new sport while with the battery. A saucer serves for an arena. Into this one puts a k…
And hectocotyl (or hectocotyle or hectocotylus) is:
> Etymology: ad. mod.L. Hectocotylus, name given by Cuvier to what he took for a genus of parasitic worms (see def. below), f. hecto- + Gr. κοτύλη small cup, hollow thing (cf. cotyle ² ᵇ).
So only against and idle, isle have parasitic letters.
> Etymology: mod.L. mālis, a. Gr. μᾰλις a disease in horses and asses (the late L. malleus ‘glanders’, may perh. be identical). In medical Latin, malis has been used as a generic term (with various specific designations) for parasitic skin diseases.
Oh, and for the record, glanders is “a contagious disease in horses, the chief symptoms of which are swellings beneath the jaw and discharge of mucous matter from the nostrils”.
> Glanders and farcy are perfectly identical affections, both equally contagious, and differing only in their local manifestations.
And here I always thought Farsi meant something else.
Hectocotyl, that thing they thought was a parasitic worm, is actually an octopodal detachable penis!
> A modified arm in male dibranchiate Cephalopods, which serves as a generative organ, and in some species is detached and remains in the pallial cavity of the female; in this position formerly mistaken for a parasite, to which the name Hectocotylus octopodis was given by Cuvier.
> The male Cephalopods are distinguished··by the asymmetry of their arms, one or more of which, on one side, are peculiarly modified, or hectocotylised.
Knowledge Day (Russian: День Знаний), often simply called 1 of September, is the day when the school year traditionally starts in Russia and many other former Soviet republics.
== Description ==
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