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#1 2013-09-28 13:03:56

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

despairage << disparage

When we disparage another person, we employ a word that once described unequal, cross-class marriages. “Disparage” is literally “dis-peer-age.” The connubial aspect has been largely forgotten, however. The modern meaning of the term is to degrade/slight/vilify/discredit.

If you disparage someone too much, you might cause the person to despair:

Customer review: “I am not out to despairage any of HP printers”

User reply to news article: “Why are you attempting to despairage him with that? ”

Sport forum post: “I am well within my rights to despairage the product when it doesn’t work”

Hundreds of similar examples on the web.

Last edited by kem (2013-09-28 13:05:01)

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#2 2013-10-03 17:23:49

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2148

Re: despairage << disparage

You might also despairage something because you have come to despair of its ever functioning as you want it to.

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

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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