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#123910 - 02/25/04 07:25 PM genuine
wwh Offline
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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.



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#123911 - 02/26/04 06:20 AM Re: genuine
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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.


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#123912 - 02/26/04 08:10 AM Re: genuine
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well, it's certainly an interesting ankle on it...

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#123913 - 02/26/04 09:12 AM Re: genuine
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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'.


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#123914 - 02/26/04 09:39 AM Re: genuine
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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.


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#123915 - 02/26/04 09:46 AM Re: genuine
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And not all etymology is genuine.


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#123916 - 02/26/04 09:52 AM Re: genuine
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Nor is all that is genuine tongue in cheek.


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#123917 - 02/26/04 10:26 AM Re: genuine
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Tongue in cheek risks upper cut linguectomy.


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#123918 - 02/26/04 10:36 AM Re: genuine
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linguectomy

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


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#123919 - 02/26/04 10:44 AM Re: genuine
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Dear jheem: I found several sites mentioning "glossectomy",
none for "linguectomy". I'm biting my tongue.


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