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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 10:55 AM
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115. Ignorance alloyed with arrogance is stupidity.
Edited on Sun Dec-30-07 10:59 AM by TahitiNut
1275, from O.Fr. curteis "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" + -eis, from L. -ensis. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. Ger. hbsch "beautiful," from M.H.G. hbesch "beautiful," orig. "courteous, well-bred," from O.Franconian hofesch, from hof "court."

1175, from O.Fr. curt, from L. cortem, acc. of cors (earlier cohors) "enclosed yard," and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia "sovereign's assembly"), "those assembled in the yard; company, cohort," from com- "together" + stem hort- related to hortus "garden, plot of ground" (see yard (1)). The verb meaning "woo, offer homage" (as at court) is first recorded 1580. Sporting sense is from 1519, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from 1292 (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally); courthouse is from 1483. Court-martial is first attested 1571; as a verb, 1859. Courtier is from 1228; courtly "having manners befitting a court" is from 1450. Courtship "paying court to a woman with intention of marriage" is from 1596.

If you're incapable of distinguishing between the FORMS of behavior and the MOTIVES for behavior, then my advisory to separate the wheat from the chaff is lost upon you. Imposing those arbitrary cultural forms upon others without full respect for their inherent humanity is, imho, obscene arrogance and the bigotry of classism.

Indeed, your disCOURTeous response betrays the hypocrisy of a sycophatic COURTier.
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