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Re: I have been waiting my entire career to use that word in a technical context.
Subject:Re: I have been waiting my entire career to use that word in a technical context. From:Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> To:Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> Date:Thu, 8 Mar 2012 08:18:25 -0800
Yes. Many moons ago, dictionaries were defenestrated by our Geometry
class at a rate of one per week. One time, a part of a desk also
succumbed to defenestration, because our class had run out of
This website aggregates various origins of the word. One could assume
the first usage of defenestration might have referred to disposing the
contents of chamber pots.
On 2012-03-08, at 7:39 AM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
> I have always heard that ...
> No, that's not true. I guess I mean, someone mentioned to me a long time ago that ...
> Defenestrate means "to toss [someone] out the window" rather than to remove the window or windows.
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