Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#123910 - 02/25/04 07:25 PM genuine
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
I found this while looking for something else:
genuine - 1596, from L. genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps infl. in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." Alternative etymology is from L. genu "knee," from an ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.



Top
#123911 - 02/26/04 06:20 AM Re: genuine
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
Alternative etymology is from L. genu "knee," from an ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.

Boy, does *that one sound like a folk etymology.


Top
#123912 - 02/26/04 08:10 AM Re: genuine
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
well, it's certainly an interesting ankle on it...

_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...

Top
#123913 - 02/26/04 09:12 AM Re: genuine
jheem Offline
veteran

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 1474
Loc: California
Boy, does *that one sound like a folk etymology.

Yes it does. Most relate genuinus 'innate, native, natural' with the same root that noun genus 'race, stock, breed' and the verb gigno 'to beget, bear' come from. There is another word genuinus in Latin which means 'of or belonging to the cheek' (dentes genuini 'jaw-teeth, back-teeth') from gena 'cheek'.


Top
#123914 - 02/26/04 09:39 AM Re: genuine
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 13803
another word genuinus in Latin which means 'of or belonging to the cheek'

Which would add a touch of irony if indeed, cheek comes from a word meaning jaw and jaw from a word meaning cheek.


Top
#123915 - 02/26/04 09:46 AM Re: genuine
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
And not all etymology is genuine.


Top
#123916 - 02/26/04 09:52 AM Re: genuine
jheem Offline
veteran

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 1474
Loc: California
Nor is all that is genuine tongue in cheek.


Top
#123917 - 02/26/04 10:26 AM Re: genuine
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Tongue in cheek risks upper cut linguectomy.


Top
#123918 - 02/26/04 10:36 AM Re: genuine
jheem Offline
veteran

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 1474
Loc: California
linguectomy

Is there a medical term glossectomy? Linguasection? I wonder if jaws and knees are connected? Both crooked.


Top
#123919 - 02/26/04 10:44 AM Re: genuine
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear jheem: I found several sites mentioning "glossectomy",
none for "linguectomy". I'm biting my tongue.


Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8728 Members
16 Forums
13805 Topics
214946 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
GrandmaCoo, ShellsnBells, charmingthemuse, toddster, Mussaf
8728 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 34 Guests and 3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
LukeJavan8 118
endymion6 107
wofahulicodoc 88
A C Bowden 48
jenny jenny 44
Tromboniator 8
tsuwm 7
Bazr 7
FoFong 4
meliza 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11609
tsuwm 10521
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
AnnaStrophic 6511
LukeJavan8 6435
Wordwind 6296
of troy 5400
BranShea 5282

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith