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Re: THEORY(?): ARSE (was: RE: [CONLANG] Latin (was Language universal?)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 20, 2001, 0:09
And Rosta scripsit:

> Is this perhaps the origin or dialectal US /warS/ _wash_?
Actually more like /wOrS/. It wouldn't surprise me. Also /warSiNt@n/ ~ /wOrSiNt@n/ _Washington_.
> > 2 Peter 002:016 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with > > man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. > > Peter? (If a joke, I don't get it.)
No, "2 Peter" is simply the biblical book in question, the Second Epistle of (i.e. "by") Peter. The joke here is "dumb ass", which in this context means "unspeaking donkey", but in modern American is a vulgar idiom for "fool", almost certainly containing ARSE. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter