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.

5 Comments:

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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