MEANING: noun: A claim on another’s property until a debt owed by that person is paid back.

ETYMOLOGY: From French lien (bond, tie), from Latin ligamen (bond, tie), from ligare (to bind). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leig- (to bind), which also gave us league, ligament, ligature, ally, alloy, rally, liaison, religion, rely, oblige, and furl. Earliest documented use: 1530.

LIEIN - strategy session for extremely partisan politicians

RIEN - Think nothing of it!

ALIEN - me, now that I've paid the mechanic's bill and gotten my car back