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#1 2011-04-23 01:09:36

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
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insulent << insolent via insult

“Insult” and “insolent” derive from different Latin roots. The common misspelling of the word as “insulent” may conflate the two words. An insolent/insulent person deals up insults.

Examples:

Web fiction: “The added power of the Psion makes him devolve into an insulent child. ”

More web fiction, this time based on Harry Potter: “I’d make it a week but you are such an insulent person I don’t want to spend any more time with you than I have to,”

Post on an art site: “How can he do all that and not have time to help his own flesh and blood? What an insulent fool. ”

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#2 2011-04-23 13:24:46

DavidTuggy
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Re: insulent << insolent via insult

Insultent/insultant is also common (though most ghits are French or Latin) and may have been part of this.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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