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overdue Thursday word: fescennine

Sorry late, was out sick yesterday. To make up for it:

fescennine (FES-uh-nayn, FES-uh-nin) - adj., scurrilous, licentious, obscene.

Originally, as Latin Fescennīnus, of or pertaining to the Etruscan town of Fescennia (near Civita Castellana, in modern Lazio), particularly their ribald harvest-festival and wedding songs. The Romans borrowed the custom of singing them for, particularly, weddings, and the term eventually became generic for a style of verse (see for example Catullus 61). English borrowed the word around 1600 for both the verse and as a general term. For usage example, something from Sir Walter Scott:

"Most frequently the dice were thrown by the company, and those upon whom the lot fell were obliged to assume and maintain for a time a certain fictitious character, or to repeat a certain number of fescennine verses in a particular order."
Guy Mannering

Tags: adjective, f, latin

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