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  • -noun

    Premature ejaculation.

    (Latin ance "state of" + flux "flowing" + ante "before")

    (edit)I made it up. =P

    February 25, 2009

  • Made-up word, and ill-made. The verb stem "flow" is flu-, which gives (1) the noun flux- "flow" and (2) the participle fluent- "flowing" (-ent-, not -ant-, because flu- is second declension). (2) does not come from (1). From the participle ending -ent- comes the Latin abstract noun ending -entia. This, in French, not Latin, became -ence (as in influence etc.).

    February 25, 2009

  • So... then how ought the word be constructed from Latin bases? Just "antefluence"? Or does "ante-" not work there for some reason which eludes me?

    And yes, it is indeed made-up.

    February 26, 2009

  • Antefluence is fine. I'm just finicky: I don't mind people madeupicking them, but if they appear to be Latin or Greek I like to see them properly done (and to have meanings of parts correctly explained, while we're at it); and I'm thinking of the puir wee kiddies who might take it for some venerable, battered word handed down from dictionary to dictionary and think it will impress others at the bar to bring it out in casual conversation, only to find their triumph ruined when some even more boring person challenges it and demands the pub dictionary.

    February 26, 2009

  • finiqqy qroqqa.

    ¿But shouldn't that be "finiququy qroquaqua"?

    February 26, 2009

  • and to have meanings of parts correctly explained, while we're at it

    Ahem... I will add some etymologies on my list... pardon

    February 26, 2009

  • qroqqa, that was a lovely piece of prose.

    p.s. they have dictionaries in pubs?

    February 26, 2009

  • Sign of a good pub. The Victoria round the corner has the Shorter Oxford, which even I consider supererogatory, but splendid.

    February 26, 2009

  • Well, that's it, then. No more pubs for me unless they have a resident dictionary. I had no idea that was a requirement for a respectable pub.

    February 26, 2009

  • I've frequented more than one pub with a battered old collins or kids' illustrated tucked away among the pulp novels and imperial memoirs, but a SOED, qroqqa? That's swoon-inducing.

    February 27, 2009