Re: OED Help! (was couth/uncouth)

Subject: Re: OED Help! (was couth/uncouth)
From: Gwen Gall <ggall -at- CA -dot- ORACLE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 1994 11:34:02 EST

In-Reply-To: CNSEQ1:TECHWR-L -at- VM1 -dot- ucc -dot- okstate -dot- edu's message of 12-27-94 09:59

Mike LaTorra Requests:

Does anybody on this list have access to the Oxford English
Dictionary? If so, would you please tell us what the OED says
about "couth/uncouth"? Thanks!

The _Concise_ Oxford says:

"couth: adj. joc. cultered; well-mannered. [back-form. as antonym of UNCOUTH."

My guess is "joc." means it is only a "jocular" use.

"uncouth:....uncouthness n. [OE uncuth unknown (as in UN + cuth past part. of
cunnan know, CAN"


Gwen (ggall -at- ca -dot- oracle -dot- com)
Oracle MultiDimension

"Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and
nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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