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#123613 - 02/21/04 03:02 PM ersatz
Date: Tue Mar 21 00:52:28 EST 2000
ersatz (ER-zahts, er-ZATS) adjective
Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial.
[German, replacement, from ersetzen, to replace, from Old High German
irsezzan : ir-, out + sezzan, to set.]
A word seen often during and shortly after WWII, but not since.
#123614 - 03/01/04 07:50 PM Re: ersatz
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Lemony Snicket used it in the title of volume 6 of the misadventures of the Baudelaire children... a whole new generation is being educated as to this word - fear not, Dr. Bill!
#123615 - 03/01/04 08:45 PM Re: ersatz
Dear FB: with regard to Lemony Snickett, I feel like the
hill-billy that was invited to play bridge. He declined
on the grounds that he already had more vices than he
could properly support.
#123616 - 03/01/04 10:11 PM Re: ersatz
Gosh, I see "ersatz" used with reasonable frequency in general interest publications.
#123617 - 03/01/04 10:17 PM Re: ersatz
yeah, I recall hearing it in conversation just this weekend._________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#123618 - 03/02/04 05:55 AM Re: ersatz
It got used just the other day upstairs in Miscellany:
#123619 - 03/02/04 09:11 AM Re: ersatz
A week after this thread started.
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