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Postby benissimus » Wed May 14, 2003 6:31 am

I was curious what your name meant, so I looked it up. I would like to know how in the world did you find such an obscure and interesting word? Do you know its etymology? I am guessing "ex"+"lux" (out of light)... but the "ubra" has me confused.<br /><br />P.S.- I know my name doesn't mean anything '_'
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby Episcopus » Wed Oct 13, 2004 3:35 pm

Yes. I think that it is a interesting word also. Do you know why this person disappeared. I heard he was a legend like.
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Postby benissimus » Wed Oct 13, 2004 11:20 pm

Digging up my old posts from the ignorant days... :shock: Elucubrator is a Classicist and he prefers Greek last I heard. He also likes to make disturbing jokes about Santa Claus and chew on his glasses, and that's most of what I know about him. Why did he disappear... too busy or too bored probably.

According to the O.L.D. -
lucubro, -are is ultimately from the verb luceo, -ere "to shine" (from lux, -cis), with an ending as though it were derived from a noun with the suffix -brum (e.g. tenebrae). That ending is sort of odd. The "light" part must be referring to a lamp or candle burning through the night.
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Postby Kasper » Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:47 am

My two cents worth:

lūcūbrātōrĭus , a, um, adj. [lucubro] , of or belonging to a night-student
“Cum ego verbo utar,” Humpty Dumpty dixit voce contempta, “indicat illud quod optem – nec plus nec minus.”
“Est tamen rogatio” dixit Alice, “an efficere verba tot res indicare possis.”
“Rogatio est, “Humpty Dumpty responsit, “quae fiat magister – id cunctum est.”
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