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Thursday word: fissilingual

fissilingual (fis-see-LIN-gual) - adj., having a forked tongue.


A somewhat out-of-date word, but it seems useful still. The forking can be either literal, as in a snake's tongue, or metaphoric as in the idiom for speaking with a forked tongue like a duplicitous rat-bastard. Not that I'm bitter. This is an English compound made from Latin roots, from fissus, the past participle of findere, to split + lingual, from Medieval Latin linguālis, of or pertaining to the tongue or languages, from Latin lingua, tongue (and which ultimately is a cognate -- the Old Latin form was dingua).

Frankly, the creepiest band member is that fissilingual drummer -- gives me the creeps when he screams.

---L.
Tags: adjective, english, f, latin
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