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  • I have visited nearly all of Feance - m so far my favorite part is Annency, Talloires.

    livre d'or - French Word-A-Day 2009

  • I have visited nearly all of Feance -m so far my favorite part is Annency , Talloires .

    livre d'or - French Word-A-Day 2009

  • There were a few empty seats scattered around, but I put this down to the fact that the Irish football team had a crucial match against Feance that took place in Dublin at the same time as the show. 2009


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  • If something is feance it is 'held in ownership' due to an arranged but as yet unfulfilled contract agreement. Feance relates to the criminal underground word Fence referring to somebody who has received stolen items which means that technically by law the goods has changed hands and is legal property of the new owner, regardless of the original owner. This also has to do with the passing of stolen goods through a gap in the fence between houses, a fence being a boundary line marking out property rights. The word Fiance as in a person who has engaged on a course to be married is regarded to be held in feance by the betrothed. It comes from a time and a culture where marriages were not only of people but were important in planning the future of monetary and valued goods belonging to family households. It relates directly with the concept of Dowry in the western sense, payment for property to be received, in this case that property being the person who is held in feance / the fiance.

    The word Fee also relates. There is a connection here with the concept of Faye (modern: fairy) which links it through Fayre (modern fair) this has dual meaning; balanced, just, equal measure and also a celebratory market event where goods are traded and haggled over. Always is the question, what is the true worth of the goods? And in relevance; what, as a balancing factor, is the true worth of the Heart? It is for these reasons that faye-goods are also sometimes called gypsy-goods. The word Fare means 'the goods' alternately 'the provisions', example; humble-fare. Another meaning of Fare is as Fee. As a journeyman, all of this associates with Far and how far one is able to travel dependent on the goods.

    The word Fealty also relates, which is a state of debt-ownership. It differs from Feance in that Feance is a) the goods b) the state of ownership at present time due to a future event, whereas Fealty is the state of ownership at present time due to a past event. There is potentially a link between the concept of Fealty and the modern concept Faulty, 'it has previously broken'.

    October 1, 2014

  • If “feance” is a word in the English language snakeappletree can claim to be its discoverer. No dictionary I can find acknowledges its existence. The provenance given is a stew of folk etymology.

    October 1, 2014

  • I'm on the faience about it. Shall we hold the matter in abeyance?

    October 2, 2014

  • I was a little surprised that snakeappletree did not try to tie faience into the scheme. Perhaps stolen goods were passed through holes in fences inside jars that came to be called faience? (A faience conveyance?)

    It is possible that our collective leg is being pulled. The name "snakeappletree" suggests an affinity with a certain infamous old testament personage.

    October 2, 2014

  • Also related of course are finance (from the infixed present stem), flense ("taking your cut"), fleece (taking someone else's cut), please (what you say when you do: Grimm's Law applies), police (who they get when you do: epenthesis commonly trails in the wake of Grimm), pulse (which goes up when they chase you: compensatory loss of segment), purse (how could you miss this one?), and pence (in the purse – and here we are back at Grimm's Law, or Crim's Law as it's now known).

    October 2, 2014

  • I had thought qroqqa's scholarly excursion a jolly parody until I read snakeappletree's expanded comments, which make qroqqa's proposals sound modest. It may be that Feance is the Mother Word from  which all other words are descended. It is natural, I suppose, that snakeappletree should have insight into the generative power of the Eve Principle. Perhaps when we have all achieved perfection of understanding snakeappletree, coiled atop the universal pinnacle, will raise his scaly head, hiss "Feance," and all knowledge will be transmitted.

    October 2, 2014

  • I'm blaming France, because sionnach of the Auld Wans has gone off to study Frog and I like a cheap shot.

    October 3, 2014

  • I'm pretty sure Feance is a specific kind of excrement.

    October 10, 2014

  • I'm siding with yarb on this one!


    Foxy the Auld Wan.

    October 11, 2014

  • But who will win next year's Tour de Feance? Zat is ze question.

    October 11, 2014