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A cornucopia of people have used pontoon boats in the past. Some of the boats are even painted a sanguine shade. Knew those right off... Did not know circumvallate, the carcum part was easy, to surround, but had to look it up to know the rest.
Thank you! Could you tell me what you think each words' origins are?
Well, I know sanguine from heraldry. It was used for the blood reds because it is related to blood. A cornucopia was the horn of plenty, a horn full of infinite food. Not sure on pontoon. I know it means a flat bottomed boat or a flat bottomed floating pylon for a bridge, but not sure how it got to be that. If you want to know more, look it up on dictionary.com. They list the origins of words there. Just have to scroll down a bit.
For example, I looked up the one I did not know: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/circumvallate From Latin for surround with a wall.
You may notice it says rampart or wall in that definition. A rampart was a dirt ramp that let you come up close to the top of the wall on the inside, but made it taller on the outside. What is funny is that we still use them today, but in reverse. Many places have laws on how high the walls may be on the outside. So they put up a rampart around the property, do 16 to 20 foot walls on the inside, but only 8 feet on the outside. Then, if a thief jumps the wall, they fall and break their legs. Very much the reverse from the old use, which was to flat out keep people out! So ramparts and circumvallated properties are still made today!
I know the origins as well as what the words mean; it is for my language class. I am supposed to ask three people to use two of the words and say what they feel the origin is(french, greek, etc). Thank you for the relies!
np. have fun!
I wonder if @blurbendy could do those without looking them up.
is that a challenge?!?!
Ahem. Would I do that? hehe.
Thanks. It's a great class but assignments like this REALLY slow me down. lol