Tuesday, May 09, 2006

So word-of-the-day is useful sometimes...

Because it turns out that "rapine" is a word with the following definition:
rapine \RAP-in\, noun:
The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.
Which means that the phrase "raping and pillaging" should probably be "rapine and pillaging" instead.


Blogger Gabriel Mihalache said...

rapining... no. It doesn't sound as good.

Maybe "raping and rapining". :-)

3:30 PM  
Blogger henry said...

Rapine isn't a verb...

3:32 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

And there is Paul's point: substantively it doesn't matter 'cause both have the same Latin root: rapere.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rapping and rapining, economically, might be closely related..

7:28 AM  
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