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Old 11-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #201
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minyan:
The minimum number of ten adult Jews required for a communal religious
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What an interesting thread to check each day -- thank you, PF.

Today's word, which I thought was a new-to-me homonym for minion, turns out to be a subcategory -- a homophone.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:37 AM   #202
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kraal:
1. In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a
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2. An enclosure for livestock.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:03 PM   #203
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kraal:
1. In Central and Southern Africa, a rural village of huts surrounded by a
stockade.
2. An enclosure for livestock.
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Now I have seen that word many times over the years. Specially when it has to do with Masai herdsmen building a wall of thorns around their village and animals at night. The show Big Cats Diary uses it at times.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #204
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Very close to the word corral.
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Very close to the word corral.
Probably brought over on the slave boats.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #206
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rory:
1. (obsolete) Covered by dew.
2. (obsolete) Of gaudy, tasteless, or unsubtle colors.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #207
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rory:
1. (obsolete) Covered by dew.
2. (obsolete) Of gaudy, tasteless, or unsubtle colors.
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That one is a surprise. I have always used it to mean out of date. No longer acceptable or in use.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #208
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Probably brought over on the slave boats.
This made me curious, so I checked it out. It originated in the Netherlands and the Dutch colonized South Africa, so they brought it there, and probably to America with Dutch explorers.

corral
verb (corrals, corralling, corralled)
[with object]

1. gather together and confine (a group of people or things):the organizers were corralling the crowd into marching formation

2. chiefly North American put or keep (livestock) in a corral.
historical form (wagons) into a corral.

noun
North American

1. a pen for livestock, especially cattle or horses, on a farm or ranch.
2. historical a defensive enclosure of wagons in an encampment.

Origin:

late 16th century: from Spanish and Old Portuguese (now curral), perhaps based on Latin currere 'to run'. Compare with kraal

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...english/corral
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I forgot that the Dutch had a very active colony in South Africa. And the two 'a's' is very typical in the spelling of a lot of Dutch words.
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full circle:
1. Through a rotation or revolution that ends at the starting point.
2. (idiomatic) Through a cycle of transition, returning to where one
started after gaining experience or exploring other things.
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