supposed relationship—among bore, boor, and boar came up on the
and bore are homophones, and while boor is pronounced differently, there could be
a very slight overlap between bore and boor. A boor can bore you to death.
A boar is a male swine.
It tracks back to an Old Saxon word, bêr, which meant swine.
A bore is a tiresome
person who causes ennui. It may be connected to the French word bourrer, to stuff or satiate.
A boor is a rude,
ill-bred person who lacks refinement. It was based on the Old English búr, short for the Old English gebúr, a farmer or peasant. In turn, that was based on
búr, a dwelling, house, or
cottage. Boor is cousin to neighbor, which may be translated as near-dweller.
This brings us to Boer,
which was a Dutch-speaking colonist in South Africa, especially one engaged in
agriculture or cattle-farming. It was based upon the Dutch word boer, a countryman, peasant, or farmer. This is, of
course, the word boor in shallow disguise.
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