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Foin

Submitted by Ludwig von Rege... on July 19, 2013 - 2:11pm
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The word "foin" caused some trouble in this week's Saviolo class.  Fortunately, the OED is to the rescue: "To make a thrust with a pointed weapon..."  It occurs as both transitive and intransitive verbs and also a noun.

The etymology is uncertain, but best guess is from an Old French word for three-pronged fish-spear (which I would call a "trident").

It seems that in the 17th C the word merged with "foil" (a blunted sword).

 

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