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mollusque commented on the word asperge
It has overtones of purge. And spurge (see euphorbia).
June 8, 2009
jfk commented on the word asperge
I need to be asperged. (Note to self: Don't post late at night)
reesetee commented on the word asperge
In the old Latin Mass of the Catholic church, Asperges me ("Sprinkle me") was the opening of an antiphon sung or recited while the celebrant sprinkled the congregation with holy water.
June 7, 2009
To asperse?...with an asperges or an aspergillium? I know nothing about it...just a googling smartass.Even if it is a word, I think it's a little too close to asperger to be truly pretty.
bilby commented on the word asperge
brightshade commented on the word asperge
Verb, to asperge, to sprinkle with holy water (using an aspergillum, of course!).Evidently form the first word of the Latin text of Psalms 50(51):9 (literally ‘thou shalt purge’ ), recited before Mass during the sprinkling of holy water. Or so says the OAED.