Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Monday, August 20, 2012-- rantipole
Posted on 08/20/2012 4:47:16 AM PDT by xsmommy
Word For The Day, Monday, 8/20/12
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
rantipole; adj, noun and verb
n. 1. A wild, romping young person. a. 1. Wild; roving; rakish. v. i. 1. To act like a rantipole. She used to rantipole about the house. - Arbuthnot.
Etymology: When in Great Expectations Charles Dickens has Pips ill-tempered older sister refer to him as young Rantipole, his readers would have known it was not a compliment. It actually refer to somebody who is wild, disorderly, rakish, ill-behaved or reckless. At the end of the nineteenth century, Dr E Cobham Brewer, the first editor of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, remarked that The late Emperor Napoleon III was called Rantipole, for his escapades at Strasbourg and Boulogne. In 1852 I myself saw a man commanded by the police to leave Paris within twenty-four hours for calling his dog Rantipole. Pip and Mrs Havisham, from the 1862 edition of Great Expectations Unlike Dr Brewer, we do not believe that the word derives from the Dutch randten, to be in a state of idiocy or insanity, though it is accepted that the second half is poll, meaning the head. It is now thought the first part is from rant (or possibly the English dialect ranty, riotous or wildly excited) and that the whole is a fanciful creation by some unknown person around 1700. It was equally well known in North America (Noah Webster had the noun and verb in his dictionary of 1806) and it appears in several works by Washington Irving, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: This rantipole hero had for some time singled out the blooming Katrina for the object of his uncouth gallantries, and though his amorous toyings were something like the gentle caresses and endearments of a bear, yet it was whispered that she did not altogether discourage his hopes. Captain Francis Grose noted in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811) that to ride rantipole was the same as riding St George. This turns out to be a reference to sex with the woman on top, which Grose notes was "said to be the way to get a bishop".
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The Occupy movement is a group of leftwing rantipoles.
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
No pushing at the door please!
A rantipole is what a horny young girl dances around.
Although I locked my house securely before moving out, the local youts managed to rantipole through it .
enough about your wet dreams, turn in some homework ; )
A+++, yes this word puts me in mind of those roving mobs terrorizing Walmarts and 711s etc.
Guess What? my bro and SIL are moving to Houston! my bro was offered a VP position with his company down there, and after prayerful consideration they have decided to go ahead with it. Two of the kids are still in college in OH, but the oldest is married and living there which will give them a homebase to operate from. So i will prob be visiting at some point in the next year so look out, i’m coming!
A couple of rantiPoles
The Lithuanian runner rantipole and and back as part of his Olympic training.
They give barbarians a bad name.
I hope they like traffic! ;-)
Houston does have a lot of economic activity and you can always move out a little further and find reasonable housing.
They lived in Katy for several years about 20 years ago. Petroleum engineers are always going to cycle through Houston at some point. Also, Melanie, the engineer child, did several co-ops with GE down in Houston over the past two years and they moved her down and back and visited her while she was there. They are pretty conversant with Houston. I told them i was happy to have TX to visit again, but that i really did prefer Dallas to Houston, but i’d make do ; )
Guess not!!! A+++
spoken like a true polack! A+++ and an extra polski +
A+++ love the Lithuanians!
SUV run amok! A+++
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