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Spavined? Um, What?
March 16th, 2002 - 8:57 p.m.I'm Currently Avoiding:
So I didn't write a diary entry yesterday. That's okay, because practically no one else wrote one either. Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I just saw a commercial for a singing Barney stuffed toy. They need to keep that stuff far, FAR away from me. It took me something like an hour and fifteen minutes before I wrote anything in here other than what I copy and paste. Of course, I was sort of cooking for part of this time, so it's all good. I haven't done much of anything lately, so why do I bother even updating? I don't know, so I'm going to go away now.
spavined (adj. SPAV-und)
1 : affected with spavin
2 : old and decrepit : over-the-hill
"His horse [is] . . . troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of windgalls, sped with spavins. . . ." Petruchio's poor, decrepit horse in Shakespeare's _Taming of the Shrew_ is beset by just about every equine malady known, including a swollen mouth (lampas), skin lesions (fashions), tumors on his fetlocks (windgalls), and swellings on his hocks (spavins). The spavins alone are enough to render a horse lame and useless. In the 17th century, spavined horses brought to mind other things that are obsolete, out-of-date, or long past their prime, and we began using the adjective figuratively. Spavined still serves a purpose, despite its age. It originated in Middle English as spaveyned and can be traced to the Middle French word for spavin, which was espavain.
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