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Jun 05, 2019 14:21:36

f(u/e/a)cund

by @lucjah PATRON | 262 words | 198πŸ”₯ | 204πŸ’Œ

Lucjah

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OMG!? I was 1000% certain that it is ("it" being facund - a word @danielmiller used in a comment to my previous post: 309 words came to me today) some kind of sophisticated transformation of the f... word. (THAT is how my brain works, too late to do something about it I am afraid.)


And yet... 

Even though there is NO mention of facund in Cambridge Dictionary,

(there IS, on the other hand: fecund: (adjective) able to produce a lot of crops, fruit, babies, young animals, etc.: as fecund soil

(Haven't heard that one... hmmm... oh noooooo?!?! I am going down the Let's Find More Information, Starting With Etymology ra aaa bit holeeee...)

In Merriam-Webster the definition of fecund seems better: 1. fruitful in offspring or vegetation (prolific), as a fecund breed of cattle. 2: intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree, as a fecund imagination. First known use in 15th century. Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fecundus "fertile", which is related to fΔ“tus and fΔ“mina β€œwoman”.

THAT was a digression... yeah, I know!!! So... )

(...NO mention of facund in Cambridge Dictionary,) yet in Merriam-Webster:

facund

adjective: eloquent, even silver-tongued, smooth-spoken according to thesaurus.yourdictionary.com (comparative more facund, superlative most facund); while Wordnic.com presents also a noun: readiness of speech; eloquence. An archaic word (HOW archaic is fuck then? Have to check!!!), etymology: Middle English facound, from Latin facundus, from fari to speak.

(And THEN a whole new story, based on a mistake actually, started. Yet this might or might not reveal itself in another post...)


Thank you @danielmiller for this delicious [instant - 1 word, 1 post] meal!!!

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    @lucjah I love etymology. (And entomology too.) Thanks for connecting fecund and facund. Two new F words! Love it!

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 06, 2019 13:21:00
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    @lucjah I have certainly heard the word fecund but am completely at a loss for the word facund. Archaic indeed.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 05, 2019 07:45:33
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