Which runs from the middle of the
sword-blade to the point: the foible or the foil?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
The word foible comes from the French faible, weak; it labels the blade-part that runs from
the middle to the point. It often breaks during combat, so the word came to
denote "a weakness." Foils are practice swords.
Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.