Sunday, February 3, 2008


facetiae (fuh-SEE-shee-ee) noun

Witty or humorous remarks or writings.

From Latin facetia (jest). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhe- (to set or put) which is also the source of do, deed, factory, fashion, face, rectify, defeat, sacrifice, satisfy, Urdu purdah (literally, veil or curtain), and Russian duma (council). All that in one little word. Imagine!

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