On Thu, 29 May 2008 14:50:15 -0400, DanielMatt
My money is on the fact that "fragere' is a latin verb meaning "to
Thos.J.Watson - Cabinetmaker
It's from the French who invented the plane. The original word was
grenuille. The English, after one of their raids into France, stole
the plane for themselves. When the grenuille broke of in the
demonstrator's hand causing a nasty gash he swore 'Damn Frogs' meaning
the French. Everyone in earshot heard 'frog' thinking the broken part
and the name stuck ever since.
Just another history lesson.
Awesome :) Thanks, I thought it had something to do with the French.
Honestly, sounds kind of like legend, but reasonable enough to believe :p
Thanks a lot :thumbup:
On 5/29/08 8:26 PM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
IOW, a suspect "history lesson", at best. :)
A "grenouille" in French _is_ a "frog" (and, in particular, connotes a
"green" one, where I grew up in South Louisiana).
I dunno if it has any relation but the scabbard we held our bayonets in
for our SLRs (OZ army Vietnam era) was also called a frog. Strange the
stuff you remember.
Can't forget the stuff you want to forget though. I'm not claiming to
have been there, I wasn't. I missed it by a single draft.
If you look at one in profile it resembles the amphibian
with which it shares a name. A ceramic or metal holder
that supports and positions a flower stem in the bottom
of a vase is also called a frog, perhaps for similar reasons.
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