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Re: THEORY: counterpick (was: Re: THEORY: picking nits)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, July 12, 1999, 21:52
Raymond A. Brown wrote:

> Indeed, the same Old French words gives English triplets: > 1. foible (noun) - a weakness, a penchant, a failing. > 2. faible (noun) - the part of a foil blade between the middle & the point > (i.e. the weak part). > 3. feeble (adj.) - weak, vacillating, lacking force.
My (U.S.) dictionary spells sense 2 "foible" also, with the same pronunciation as sense 1. A quick Alta Vista search shows one use of "foible a foible", and no uses of "faible a faible" in English documents. In French documents, "faible a faible" is found 4 times. -- John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! / Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge / Politzer