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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 quotation: "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. Anybody? -- John Cowan 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)