Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Finger-lickin' good


The Latin word ligurire meant to lick or to pick away at food, the sign of a dainty eater.

The root showed up in several English words in the 17th century, but most of them have fallen by the wayside.

They are interesting because of their quaint nature. In particular, I find the first definition below to be delightful.

abligurie: “Spending in belly-cheere.” [Cockeram, 1612]

abligurition: “Prodigal expense on meat and drink.” [Bailey, 1742]

ligurate: “To feed daintily.” [Cockeram, 1623]

ligurion: “A devourer, a spend-thrift.” [Blount, 1656]

ligurition: “Gluttonous devouring, greedinesse.” [Cockeram, 1623]

obligurate: “To spend in belly-cheere.” [Cockeram, 1623]

obligure: “To banquet, to feast.” [Cockeram, 1623]


Bailey, Nathan. An universal etymological English dictionary

Blount, Thomas. Glossographia, or a dictionary interpreting such hard words..as are now used

Cockeram, Henry. The English dictionarie, or an interpreter of hard English words


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