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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

whelm

To cover with something which cannot be thrown off, generally applied to water; to throw upon something so as to cover or bury it; to turn the open side of a vessel downwards. [From] Saxon abwhilsan.
-Daniel Fenning's Royal English Dictionary, 1775

Fun fact! It is the Feast Day of St. Gemma, an Italian patroness of apothecaries.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hence overwhelm...

9/16/07, 9:35 PM  

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