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#116107 - 11/17/03 10:53 AM expatiate
wwh Offline
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It occurred to me to look up its etymology:
expatiate

SYLLABICATION: ex·pa·ti·ate
PRONUNCIATION: k-spsh-t
INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: ex·pa·ti·at·ed, ex·pa·ti·at·ing, ex·pa·ti·ates
1. To speak or write at length: expatiated on the subject until everyone was bored. 2. To wander freely.
ETYMOLOGY: Latin expatir, expatit- : ex-, ex- + spatir, to spread (from spatium, space).
OTHER FORMS: ex·pati·ation —NOUN

An now I can guess etymology of "spatula", and "spatulate" (as in "spatulate fingertips".


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#116108 - 11/18/03 12:08 AM Re: expatiate
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I was somewhat taken aback by the pronunciation your source gives for expatiate. I'm not even sure such a feat of articulation is possible while sober.

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#116109 - 11/18/03 06:25 AM Re: expatiate
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such a feat of articulation

Kspsht? Simplicity itself. Just start off with your tongue in the K position, pull it from the back of the mouth into the S hiss, whang the lips shut into the P, re-open with the tongue slipped back into the SH position and then finish off closing the sound off in the T position. Nothing to it.

Attually®, I think it's a copy and paste art(i,e)fact involving characters not printable in AWAD fonts. Which is not to say that I can't pronounce kspsht.


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#116110 - 11/18/03 10:14 AM Re: expatiate
dxb Offline
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Which is not to say that I can't pronounce kspsht.

Kspsht....DÉFENSE DE CRACHER ICI.

Gosh, gift horse, all this French is contagious...or should that be infectious...what *is the word that describes the mechanism for passing on a state of being via the internet? If it's a net then it's like fishing or trawling, so I suppose 'catching' is good enough.


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#116111 - 12/08/03 12:47 PM Re: expatiate
Capfka Offline
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Yeah, dixbie, but he didn't claim that he could say it sober!


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#116112 - 01/28/04 12:43 PM Re: expatiate
ElizaD Offline
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You sure about the meaning of the Latin word? Lewis & Short (Latin dic) says the meaning of ex(s)patior is to wander from the course, spread out, extend, digress.


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#116113 - 01/28/04 01:33 PM Re: expatiate
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Hi, Lilibet. Fancy meeting you here. I'd say Dr Bill (wwh) has a tendency to copy and paste and not pick up vowels with macrons or other extraordinary characters (see the discussion about the pronunciation of kspsht above) but I see that the o in exspatior isn't long.


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#116114 - 01/28/04 01:49 PM Re: expatiate
wwh Offline
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Dear Faldage: please don't fault me with the vagaries of
Internet software. If you knows where there's a better 'ole,
tell me where to find it.


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#116115 - 01/28/04 02:05 PM Re: expatiate
Faldage Offline
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I ain' faulting you, Dr Bill, jus only splaining a ninnocent young lady.


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#116116 - 01/28/04 02:16 PM Re: expatiate
wwh Offline
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Der Quibblemeister is never at fault. Just ask him.


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