misc. etymology

Dave Long dl at silcom.com
Thu Sep 18 14:26:41 PDT 2003

> ... until McVeigh (a native born  American) turned up.

A couple of months ago, my wife and
I were asked if we were both native
americans.  "Yes", we replied, in
answer to the question asked, but
then explained that where we live,
"Native Americans" own casinos.

After a little discussion, we came
to the conclusion that the language
regarding presidential qualification
(being about the only place it seems
to matter, at least among urbanites)
probably had the common term, but it
appears we lied: article II uses the
phrase "natural born".


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Is "bitter-ender" of mediterranean
origin?  The CvCvC makes me think
of hebrew, and I imagine we get a
fair number of nautical terms from
the phoenicians and related groups.

[the OED says no: the "bitter end"
is noted for staying attached to
the bitts, which are "prob. orig.
a Low German sea term: cf. Dutch,
Low German /beting/"]

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> I sit seething here, livid at some political theorist in Maryland ...
> Tell me please, that there is hope .

As Red Sox fans will tell you, there
is always hope.  Baseball has other
lessons for foreign policy optimism;
for instance, consider:

Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
> The legitimacy of an American foreign policy initiative derives from
> its justness, wisdom and congressional approval ...

and remember that batting over .300
is considered a good stat.

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