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What is the word? (Again)
Posted: 18 May 2009 07:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m looking for the word that means “paying money to sate one’s vice” ie. paying for cigs or alcohol to sate our desired vice.

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Posted: 27 May 2009 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’m not sure there is a word in English with that specific meaning.  It doesn’t seem to have rung a bell for anyone. Your definition is kind of awkward: one sates a desire or appetite, but the verb doesn’t really fit the object vice. Care to try a for a clearer description?

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Posted: 28 May 2009 05:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Surfeit?

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Posted: 28 May 2009 06:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Naw, a surfeit is just an excess. It has nothing to do with payment and is not restricted to vices. (Although it is associated with the vice of gluttony.)

And is it still in use? I’ve only encountered it in historical contexts.

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Posted: 28 May 2009 06:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes, there are hundreds of post-1950 examples in google books.  Here’s one.  I also use “surfeit” occasionally.

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Posted: 28 May 2009 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It would not have occurred to me to consider surfeit archaic or obsolete; like Eliza, I use it myself.

Googlenews shows plenty of hits from online news sources, both British and American, including some hits from the last 24 hours.  It’s clearly still current.

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Posted: 28 May 2009 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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There’s debauchery, a ‘vicious indulgence in sensual pleasures’, as OED defines, but again the monetary element is missing.

And surfeit is still very much part of the living language round these parts also. (It always brings to mind Henry I and his fatal, and doubtless apocryphal, ‘surfeit of lampreys’.)

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Posted: 29 May 2009 09:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Looking at Scuba Steve’s member profile, he doesn’t seem to have been back since he posted the question.

Maybe he ran out of money?

Edit: This is odd.  When I went back to the forum index, right after posting this, it said this message was
Posted: 11 months, 4 weeks, 2 days, 9 hours, 1 minute ago
Author: Dr. Techie

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Posted: 29 May 2009 09:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Same happened to me immediately after posting yesterday.  But then it went back to the exact time and it’s not happening today.

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Posted: 02 June 2009 03:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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There’s a wormhole in the internet . . .

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Posted: 03 June 2009 06:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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...dear Liza, dear Liza…

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Posted: 03 June 2009 07:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Then fix it, dear doctor, dear doctor, dear doctor,
Then fix it, dear doctor, dear doctor, fix it.

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Posted: 03 June 2009 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I think the closest word is “squander”.

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Posted: 03 June 2009 06:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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with what shall I fix it…

Oh, how tempting to go on.......................

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Posted: 04 June 2009 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Misspend, perhaps. Though squander does have an echo of squalor.

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Posted: 05 June 2009 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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If he had used illegal drugs in his example instead of cigarettes and alcohol then the word would be “score”.

If he had just been talking about booze then i would suggest the phrase “pissing it up the wall”, which captures the “squander” element fairly well. But it seems he’s also spunking his money on cigs so i’m not quite sure.

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