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#205547 - 04/20/12 12:37 PM word of the day: bluff  
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any ideas why a word whose etymology is "flat" or "smooth" comes to mean "cliff" or "grove of trees"?

#205557 - 04/20/12 09:47 PM Re: word of the day: bluff [Re: dathilacha]  
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A bluff has a smooth or flat face. The grove of trees could well have a face that is reminiscent of a bluff.


#205573 - 04/21/12 03:09 PM Re: word of the day: bluff [Re: Faldage]  
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So, its bark is worse than its bight?


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#205579 - 04/21/12 07:13 PM Re: word of the day: bluff [Re: Rhubarb Commando]  
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Compliments on your Dutch! From blaf to bark is mistery too, but I know by now language is just like people. No logic.


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