M-W.com's Word of the Day
- Thought you all might be interested in the word of the day for the
4th of July from Merriam Webster:
The Word of the Day for July 04 is:
rapier \RAY-pee-er\ adjective
: extremely sharp or keen
In the June 1992 issue of Field & Stream magazine, Dave Hughes
offered the following fly-fishing advice: "In one fluid motion, lift
the rod up and back, and drive it forward with a rapier thrust."
Did you know?
A rapier is a straight, two-edged sword with a narrow pointed blade,
designed especially for thrusting. According to Encyclopædia
Britannica, "the long rapier was beautifully balanced, excellent in
attack, and superb for keeping an opponent at a distance." The word
itself, which we borrowed in the 16th century, is from Middle
French "rapiere." (It has no connection to the word "rape.") The
first time that "rapier" was used as an adjective in its
figurative "cutting" sense, it described a smile: "Who can bear a
rapier smile? A kiss that dooms the soul to death?" ("The Lover's
Lament" by Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, 1824). Wit was first described
as "rapier-like" by an author in 1853, and, these days, the most
common use of the adjective "rapier" is to describe wit.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.
- --- In RoyalGuildofDefense@yahoogroups.com, "punstress"
> itself, which we borrowed in the 16th century, is from Middle====
> French "rapiere." (It has no connection to the word "rape.") <snip>
:) gotta chime in on this one.
In typical spanish haughtiness, I would argue that the word MAY also
come from the spanish , "Espada ropera" or (cloak sword) used in in
the mid 1500's