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CosmicAlfonzo
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2/4/2011 4:19:30 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
muse   
[myooz] Show IPA
verb, mused, mus·ing.
–verb (used without object)
1.
to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject.
2.
Archaic . to gaze meditatively or wonderingly.
–verb (used with object)
3.
to meditate on.
4.
to comment thoughtfully or ruminate upon.

So what happens when you stick an "a" before muse?
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CosmicAlfonzo
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2/4/2011 4:28:16 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
You have hypnosis, my friends.
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CosmicAlfonzo
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2/4/2011 9:15:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 2/4/2011 8:54:23 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Already knew this.

Of course you do, you're The Freedomaniac.
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RoyLatham
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2/7/2011 5:58:12 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Puck pointed to the etymoliogy dictionary, which gives

amuse: ate 15c., "to divert the attention, beguile, delude," from M.Fr. amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly." Sense of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning.

Compare to

atheist: 1570s, from Fr. athéiste (16c.), from Gk. atheos "to deny the gods, godless," from a- "without" + theos "a god" (see Thea). A slightly earlier form is represented by atheonism (1530s) which is perhaps from It. atheo "atheist."

The comparison suggests a + theist = without gods and a + muse = without focus. However, the given etymology for amuse gives "a" meaning "to." That would lead to a + muse = to focus. But amuse means the opposite. The amuse etymology says the "a" is probably a causal prefix. That's pointing to amuse = focused, but that's wrong.

I smell a rat here! Will Fox News or MSNBC be the first to reveal this scam be foisted on America's youth !?!?
CosmicAlfonzo
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2/7/2011 10:36:17 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 2/7/2011 5:58:12 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Puck pointed to the etymoliogy dictionary, which gives

amuse: ate 15c., "to divert the attention, beguile, delude," from M.Fr. amuser "divert, cause to muse," from a "at, to" (but here probably a causal prefix) + muser "ponder, stare fixedly." Sense of "divert from serious business, tickle the fancy of" is recorded from 1630s, but through 18c. the primary meaning was "deceive, cheat" by first occupying the attention. Bemuse retains more of the original meaning.

Compare to

atheist: 1570s, from Fr. athéiste (16c.), from Gk. atheos "to deny the gods, godless," from a- "without" + theos "a god" (see Thea). A slightly earlier form is represented by atheonism (1530s) which is perhaps from It. atheo "atheist."

The comparison suggests a + theist = without gods and a + muse = without focus. However, the given etymology for amuse gives "a" meaning "to." That would lead to a + muse = to focus. But amuse means the opposite. The amuse etymology says the "a" is probably a causal prefix. That's pointing to amuse = focused, but that's wrong.

I smell a rat here! Will Fox News or MSNBC be the first to reveal this scam be foisted on America's youth !?!?

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