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#189279 02/15/10 02:23 AM
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I've long been aware of the word dentiloquist, one who speaks through the teeth -- it's in OED2 and gives Blount as the source (through dentiloquent). but along comes Jeffrey Kacirk in his 2010 Forgotten English calendar with dentriloquist, giving the same meaning. I think Kacirk must have conflated Blount's word with ventriloquist, which is also first cited in Blount's 1656 Glossographia.

unless, of course, Blount had it wrong. link

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The R in ventriloquist would be part of the root ventr-, 'belly. The root in dentiloquist would be dent-, 'tooth'. I would say Blount has it right and Kacirk has interpolated the R wrongly from ventriloquist.

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I would say that you are likely correct. I'll take your word for it.


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Yes fokes - but what if someone swallowed their teeth? Then would they be talken thru their teeth or thru their belly or just thru their hat?

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Gives new meaning to a growling tummy eh Ted?

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Howya olly

I'm chewen over yer commints as we speak - be it thru our teeth or otherwise.

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be it thru our teeth or otherwise
A coupla days and we may be talking out of our a..es!

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thru their hat?
That would be a pileiloquist.


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Originally Posted By: olly
be it thru our teeth or otherwise
A coupla days and we may be talking out of our a..es!


Proctoloquist, if you don't mind mixing Greek and Latin roots, anoloquist otherwise. Personally I think the former is more understandable and just sounds better. Besides, proct- has made it into New Latin.

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