- ... I must mention also the latin word Manes that refers to the spirits of the dead... It seems that Tolkien had this word in mind... [Pat has asked me toMessage 1 of 4 , Jun 18, 2003View Source
> Departed spirit: a spirit that has departed from its body (intransitiveI must mention also the latin word 'Manes' that refers to the spirits of
> verbs of movement have active past participles formed as the passive
> past participle of transitive verbs).
the dead... It seems that Tolkien had this word in mind...
[Pat has asked me to note that in his previous post of today in this thread,
the words 'spirited of one departed' should, of course, read 'spirit of one
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- ... My question was addressed to someone speaking English as a mother-tongue not about the meaning of departed . To my knowledge the _usual_ EnglishMessage 2 of 4 , Jun 18, 2003View SourceI wrote:
>> ... Still "departed spirit" is a strange expression... for me.My question was addressed to someone speaking English as a mother-tongue not
>> Any thought by someone with English as mother tongue would be welcome. ;-)
about the meaning of "departed".
To my knowledge the _usual_ English expression is "a departed soul", not "a
departed spirit", isn't it? Is "departed spirit" an unusual T. construction? A new
coinage, or not at all. Plain good English.
I do know English... ;-) but it is difficult to "feel" it, when it is not your mother-
tongue, if an expression is _usual_ or sounds "new" or "weird".
["Departed spirit" sounds no stranger to my ear than does "departed soul". In fact,
"departed soul" is the more unusual-sounding. CFH]