[rescue] Mainframe on eBay

Shirker shirker at mooli.org.uk
Mon Sep 19 15:43:42 CDT 2005

On Mon, 19 Sep 2005, velociraptor wrote:

> Current etymological peeve: people who try to be snarky without
> looking up their facts:
> http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=conflate&x=0&y=0
> Main Entry: con7flate
> Pronunciation: k&n-'flAt
> Function: transitive verb
> Inflected Form(s): con7flat7ed; con7flat7ing
> Etymology: Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare to blow
> together, fuse, from com- + flare to blow -- more at BLOW
> 1 a : to bring together : FUSE b : CONFUSE
> 2 : to combine (as two readings of a text) into a composite whole

Jeez, it was a joke based on the fact that that word is not in common (or,
indeed, /any/ that I've ever seen) usage in the UK.

I'll make it more obvious in future. <joke> tags be OK for you?

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