Re: Lexicons and Language Borrowing
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 17, 1999, 15:14|
Sally Caves wrote:
> bisiristimy (bih-sih-RIS-tih-mee) -- this sounds like an
> operation (because of the "tomy" undoubtedly, but I really do need
> to find a terrific meaning for this word.)
I have for many years been cherishing the following unattributed
"I still remember that Emphyteusis is not a disease,
nor Stillicide a crime".
The context is Roman law (emphyteusis = a kind of pre-feudal
land contract, with low fixed rents over a long term; stillicide =
the right to collect the water dripping off one's neighbor's roof
onto one's own land), but the author is utterly out of reach.
The major search engines are no help.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)