Re: NTLK Ohter - Etymology

From: Gary Moody (
Date: Tue Nov 30 1999 - 10:27:15 EST

Thank you, Frank! My mind is jammed full of mostly useless information, so
it is a pleasure to use some of it occasionally. I consider it my personal
version of the "Information Junkyard". :)



----Original Message Follows----
From: "Gruendel, Frank 3837 PPE-WT" <>
To: "Newtontalk (E-mail)" <>
Subject: NTLK Ohter - Etymology
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 10:28:42 +0100

Gary said...

>The etymology of the word "crap", meaning excrement or superfluous
>material, is from the Old French, via Middle English, "crappe", ...

<courtesy snip>

>... "I gotta take a crap" expletive.

Mepit answered:

>Do we really want to know why you know this? ;~)

My unworthy comment: I, for one, enjoy reading explanations like that
occasionally, even in a Newton centered list. It gives me the chance
to improve my English which I'm always trying to do.

That said: Thanks, Gary, for the thorough explanation. From now,
whenever I'm going to ..., I'm afraid I'll have to think of the middle
age, patent numbers and automatic stopping of the water flow!


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