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False(?) Etymologies

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  1. dave says:

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing the story, I hope it’s true too.

  2. Cicero says:

    The verb in Latin is “librare,” meaning to balance or swing.

    There is also a less common verb “delibro” – principle parts are delibro, delibrare, delibravi, delibratus – meaning “to peel, to remove or strip the bark from.” Our verb could come from that. Wouldn’t be the first time the OED was wrong.

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