When I stand up to complain, am I
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The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To be discontented is to repine. The word
derives the verb pine, yearn, with the
re acting as an intensive prefix, similar to
I'm not sure I see the relevance of one's posture while complaining. Did some people confuse "repine" with "recline"?
[Mootguy: It doesn't matter what your posture is, if you are discontented you are repining. I was trying to trick you.]
dana937 at gmail.com
I now see that we are being asked whether standing and complaining is a subset of repining. I read the question as asking whether one needed to stand up in order to repine. Tricky.
james.t.wood at worldnet.att.net
Hi Mootguy! Since repine doesn't correlate to a physical position, I think the "stand up" part of the question is misleading, especially since repine and recline sound so similar. Or did you do it on purpose for just that reason? Anyway, love the questions, love the game. Thanks!
mharpool11 at hotmail.com
The 'stand up' part was needlessly obfuscating. I thought at first I knew the word but lost confidence as I thought about it more. Couldn't make it jive with opine, presumably from the same root, with the prefix ob-, yearn on behalf of, or have an opinion. Interesting question, as always. Thanks.
[Mootguy: My goal IS to try to mislead you by throwing in things like "stand up." The purpose of the board game — which is played in groups — is to provoke debate. These little tricks force people to clarify their understanding a word's meaning.]
tsimmonds at mac.com
I didn't connect repine with recline. I connected it with supine, which means to lie on your back, face or front upwards. I hesitated, wondering if the root "pine" in repine was similar to the root in supine.
Great questions! I like digging around for the answers.
kas at fpu.edu
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