Thursday, June 30, 2005

Words: snit

I will pull together the etymology from AHED sometime, but while reading Richard Adams's delightful The Plague Dogs about 20 years ago, I researched the character's name Snitter and concluded that the words snow, snot and snit are all related, implying the concept of drizzle or spray (which is often the case when someone throws a snit). Coincidentally, they may be related to snicker and sneeze, which itself is related to the Greek word pneuma or "spirit" (but don't quote me on that).


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