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Scorpio 22: Hunters starting out for ducks

Scorpio 22: Hunters starting out for ducks

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Scorpio 22: Hunters starting out for ducks
T h e w o r d h u nt er de s c e n d s f r o m t h e Ol d E n g l i s h

h u n t i an w h i c h m e a n t “ c h a s e g a m e . ” I t i s a l s o
r e l a t e d t o t h e O l d E n g l i s h he n ta n ( t o s e i z e ) , t h e G o t h i c h in pa n ( t o se i z e , c a p t u r e ) a n d t h e O l d H i g h G e r m a n h u n da ( b oo t y ) . 1 T h e w o r d s t art d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t s t er- 1 w hi c h m
Scorpio 22: Hunters starting out for ducks
T h e w o r d h u nt er de s c e n d s f r o m t h e Ol d E n g l i s h

h u n t i an w h i c h m e a n t “ c h a s e g a m e . ” I t i s a l s o
r e l a t e d t o t h e O l d E n g l i s h he n ta n ( t o s e i z e ) , t h e G o t h i c h in pa n ( t o se i z e , c a p t u r e ) a n d t h e O l d H i g h G e r m a n h u n da ( b oo t y ) . 1 T h e w o r d s t art d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t s t er- 1 w hi c h m

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Scorpio 22: Hunters starting out for ducks
The word
hunter
descends from the Old English
huntian 
which meant “chase game.” It is also
related to the Old English
hentan 
(to seize), theGothic
hinpan 
(to seize, capture) and the Old HighGerman
hunda 
(booty).
1
 The word
start
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
ster-1
 
which means “stiff.”
2
 Paronyms include the words
stare, starch, stern,stere,
the prefix
stereo-, cholesterol,
 
stork, strut,redstart, stark, startle, starve, torpedo, torpid,
and
torpor.
 The word
out
descends from the IE root 
ud-
, “up, out.”
3
Paronymsinclude
utmost, carouse, utter, but, about, ersatz, ort, ursprache, hubris,
and
hysteresis 
.
 
The noun
duck
descends from Middle English
douken 
, which means “
to
dive.” In tur
n, the word
dive 
descends from the IE root 
dheub-
which
means “deep, hollow.”
4
Its paronyms include
depth, dip, python, typhon,
and the name
Donald 
.
5
 
THEMES: 
The first theme here concerns excessive
SELF-REGARD
.Recall that the words
strut 
is a paronym of 
starting 
while
hubris 
is aparonym of 
out
.
As a verb the former means “to walk with pompousbearing; swagger.”
6
 
The latter is a noun that means “overbearing pride orpresumption; arrogance.”
7
These two words and many others used todefine them are all synonyms.
8
 
1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=hunt2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 863 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 944 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/duck_25 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 516 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/strut7 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/hubris8 http://thesaurus.com/browse/hubris; http://thesaurus.com/browse/strutting

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