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Re: The Poll ends! (Was: Are we too serious these days?)


From: Chris B. Vetter
Subject: Re: The Poll ends! (Was: Are we too serious these days?)
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 11:38:39 -0800

On Thu, 6 Nov 2003 16:31:50 +0000 (GMT)
"M. Grabert" <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Nov 2003, Nicola Pero wrote:
> > (got interested by the Latin, even if it's totally off-topic I can't
> > resist)
> > ... I though "ora" meant "mouth" (and from that "orator" (speaker),
[...]
> mouth (actually n. plural of 'os')

Sorry, but no. It's 'os, ossis, n.' == 'a bone'.

There's no way you will be able to introduce an 'r' in its plural form,
or use it as a synonym for mouth.

'os' is used to describe solid parts, eg. 'arborum ossa' == 'the inside
wood' or 'ossa legere' meaning 'to gather up the bones that remain after
burning a corpse'.

-- 
Chris




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