[Sca-cooks] candy and hostages

Kathleen A Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Thu Aug 3 09:09:53 PDT 2006

On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 11:58:31 -0400
  "Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius" 
<adamantius.magister at verizon.net> wrote:
> But in general, the word "hostage" has its roots in the 
>word "host",  
> and it didn't have quite the same high-stress and 
>terrifyingly brutal  
> connotation that it has had more recently.

thanks for the great explanation. i think fostering is 
more what folks today might compare it to?  the idea of 
switching offspring to keep everyone on good terms.

given the fact that the dictionary i checked did not get 
into the 'gentler' definition, i guess that premise has 
gone out of style.

and wouldn't ya know i forgot to look up that 
honey/milk/butter thing last night.  duh!!!!

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which 
sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
W. B. Yeats
Kathleen Roberts
University of New Mexico
Office of Freshman Admissions
Administrative Asst. III

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