Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hmmm . . . this is a little confusing:

asperse
(a-SPURS)
verb tr.:
1. To spread false and malicious charges against someone.
2. To sprinkle with holy water.
From Latin aspergere (to sprinkle), from ad- (toward) + spargere (to strew).

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1 comment:

Joannie said...

I loved this one--especially since I initially thought that one of the definitions would probably be "to gather together" (asperse as the opposite of disperse). And then I was wondering whether aspergere was also the root of asparagus.