Morpheus on… You Learn Something New Every Day…

We have all heard of “deforestation” – loss of trees. But here is one this scribbler only heard today and felt like sharing; “defenestration” – which is the act of falling (or being pushed) through a WINDOW.

Of course, “fenestra” is Latin for window, from which the French get their word fenêtre” (but then, you knew THAT, didn’t you?)

And thus, by extending it, we get My New Word.

Furthermore, by extending it even further, we can get auto-defenestration – which sounds so much cooler than jumping out of a window!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alfie on August 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Defenestration seems to have been a popular way for the citizens of Prague to rid themselves of unpopular rulers – they slung them out of tall buildings in 1419 and again in 1618!
    In 1696 the UK government imposed a window tax on properties with more than 6 windows so many people bricked theirs up to avoid what became known as “daylight robbery” thus making defenestration difficult here.
    As far as I know there is no word for “putting someone through a wall” which is a shame as it’s something I would have liked to do to some of my Managers, particularly during my latter days with Barclays!
    Goodness! Isn’t this knowledge stuff fun?

  2. Posted by Vincent on August 11, 2016 at 7:44 am


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