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#123613 - 02/21/04 08:02 PM ersatz  
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Subject: A.Word.A.Day--ersatz
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 - 03/02/04 12:50 AM Re: ersatz  
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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!

http://www.lemonysnicket.com/desc_ersatz.html


#123615 - 03/02/04 01:45 AM Re: ersatz  
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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 - 03/02/04 03:11 AM Re: ersatz  
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Gosh, I see "ersatz" used with reasonable frequency in general interest publications.


#123617 - 03/02/04 03:17 AM Re: ersatz  
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reasonable frequency

yeah, I recall hearing it in conversation just this weekend.



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#123618 - 03/02/04 10:55 AM Re: ersatz  
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It got used just the other day upstairs in Miscellany:

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=miscellany&Number=125409


#123619 - 03/02/04 02:11 PM Re: ersatz  
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A week after this thread started.



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