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Found: 30 Lost English Words That May Deserve a Comeback
Posted: 06 October 2017 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I see this word libation commonly used, to denote a social drink taken together by friends. This usage indicates, to me, an inadequate acquaintance with the etymology of the word. A libation is a sacrificial drink, offered to a god: it is poured on to the god’s altar from a shallow dish called a patera. It isn’t drunk by humans.  my suggestion for a social drink taken together by friends, would be compotation --- just as good a word for showing off, and much more accurate linguistically.

Lionello, I appreciate the edification, and I concur. Also, I was familiar with the word, potation, but not compotation; a more grandiloquent word, thanks.

Note: I’ve revised my previous comment and substituted libation with the more appropriate compotation, which adds to the list of lost and obscure words.

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