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Topic: 5) Ripe young age (1 of 2), Read 83 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 02:11 PM

Frank Cacciutto, of Freeport, New York, writes: "Do we have a word like the Spanish 'madura,' which means both deliciously ripe and ready to be eaten, like a fruit, and also adult or grown-up, as in the English word 'mature' when it is not a euphemism for 'geriatric'?"


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Topic: 5) Ripe young age (2 of 2), Read 65 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 1999 11:32 AM

I didn't respond to this at first since both of my answers smacked of flippancy, but no one else has posted/riposted so what the heck:

1. one sense of mature is ripe; this is not surprising since madura and mature look like they must come from the same Latin root maturas meaning... ripe.

2. how about nubile? (of a young woman 8 )

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Topic: Ripe-Young-Age (1 of 2), Read 38 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Bill O'Connor (billoc@brinet.com)
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1999 05:36 PM

A great-grandfather -Francis Perando Wilson- was a word maker in Shelby Co. Alabama. He might have sent -youthed- even though he ended most aged.

Bill

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Topic: Ripe-Young-Age (2 of 2), Read 39 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Judy Lewis (emjclewis@earthlink.net)
Date: Sunday, January 24, 1999 05:39 PM

I think King Arthur says of Merlin " He doesn't age..he youthens".


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