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#121821 - 01/31/04 03:41 PM accost
wwh Offline
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I encountered a derivative of this in a rhetoric site, in a
discussion of expletives - "accostives". I searched for it,]
could not find a dictionary defintion. So I looked up
"accost" and got some surpises, particularly the etymology.
Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Definition: \Ac*cost"\ (#; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accosted}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Accosting}.] [F. accoster, LL. accostare to
bring side by side; L. ad + costa rib, side. See {Coast}, and
cf. {Accoast}.]
1. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the
coast or side of. [Obs.] ``So much [of Lapland] as accosts
the sea.'' --Fuller.

2. To approach; to make up to. [Archaic] --Shak.

3. To speak to first; to address; to greet. ``Him, Satan thus
accosts.'' --Milton.

\Ac*cost"\, v. i.
To adjoin; to lie alongside. [Obs.] ``The shores which to the
sea accost.'' --Spenser.

\Ac*cost"\, n.
Address; greeting. [R.] --J. Morley.

I have seen "accost" used only to mean to speak to someone,
especially someone not known to you. I think it is also sometimes a legal term, similary to "soliciting", as part of a charge against prostitutes, or their "johns". I had no idea that ribs were involved!

An "accostive" then might be similar to a "salutation" (which doesn't alway mean wishing someone good health).

#190225 - 03/31/10 05:52 AM Re: accost [Re: wwh]
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#216976 - 06/09/14 12:20 AM Re: accost [Re: wwh]
Bazr Offline

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 287
Loc: Victoria, Australia
I found this quote from an article titled:

Insomnia Framed
as Analytical Neuroses

"He went on to boldly hypothesize that the contagious fallout of this pan-traumatic process was a new epidemic called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which was the result of an overcharged immune system; there being just too many things to fend off in this crowded accostive world. An odd thing about the Syndrome though is that it combines two sensations in one (but that doesn't mean you're getting a bargain): everybody is tired all the time but nobody can sleep."


If you define 'accostive' in this context, then it conjures up agression in the world, which gets back to the definition for 'accost'.
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