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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clockstrike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians toinstruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome andunpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost


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From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@wordsmith.org>
Date: Feb 14, 2011 1:23 AM
Subject: A.Word.A.Day–fell
To: <bsubra@gmail.com>

According to recent research, longer words carry more information
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110124/full/news.2011.40.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20110125
http://www.webcitation.org/5w5dDeG8t .
It's obviously true for scientific terminology, for example names for
chemical compounds in which those polysyllabic constructions try to describe
all about the compounds. But is it true for words used in everyday human
languages?

In general, the shorter the word, the more meanings it has, though in a
given context usually only one of those meanings applies. This week we have
selected five words, each of which has multiple, unrelated meanings.

And speaking of words carrying information, if the old saying about a
picture being worth a thousand words is true, each of this week's words
accompanies many more words. They are illustrated by artist Rebekah Potter
http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ <rebekah.l.potter@gmail.com> in her
heartwarming style.

fell (fel)

adjective: 1. Fierce; cruel; lethal.

2. In the idiom, in one fell swoop (all at once, as if by a blow).

[From Old French, variant of felon (wicked, a wicked person). Earliest
documented use: Before 1300.]

verb tr.: 1. To knock down, strike, or cut down.

2. To sew a seam by folding one rough edge under the other, flat,
on the wrong side, as in jeans.

noun: 1. The amount of timber cut.

2. In sewing, a felled seam.

[From Old English fellan/fyllan (to fall). Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

noun: A stretch of open country in the highlands.

[From Old Norse fjall/fell (hill). Earliest documented use: Before 1300.]

noun: The skin or hide of an animal.

[From Old English fel/fell (skin or hide). Ultimately from the Indo-European
root pel- (skin or hide), which also gave us pelt, pillion, and film.
Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=fell

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[Illustration: Rebekah Potter http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ ]

"So you spend most of the movie worried that Shepherd has some fell
disease."
Mary McNamara; A Ham-fisted Dish; Los Angeles Times; May 19, 2003.

"In one fell swoop, most of the top politicians of this impoverished West
African country surrendered themselves to the cadre of junior officers."
Jeffrey Gettleman; A Largely Welcomed Coup in Guinea; The New York Times;
Dec 25, 2008.

"The government has granted sanction to fell a tree to facilitate new
construction."
No Move to Lift Construction Ban in Green Belt; The Indian Express
(New Delhi); Oct 13, 2010.

"I suppose that good-quality cloth and thread, rivets, and felled seams
have something to do with it."
Andrew Bevan and David Wengrow; Cultures of Commodity Branding;
Left Coast Press; 2010.

"California Fish and Game officials stated that a tranquilizer gun can
take up to 15 minutes to fell an animal."
Patti Davis; Death of a Tiger; Newsweek (New York); Feb 26, 2005.

"After a day spent tramping across the snowy fells of the Lake District
National Park, a period of R and R is most definitely required."
James White; Hotel Review; Daily Mail (London, UK); Jan 19, 2011.

"Felt bearing pads are made from non-tanned fell."
A.S.G. Bruggeling and G.F. Huyghe; Prefabrication with Concrete;
Taylor & Francis; 1991.

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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike,
they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct
them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant
ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits
over their wills. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

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