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Etymology of PINNACLE

Postby ethopoeia » Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:48 am

A new quiz! What's the etymology of "pinnacle", and why? No Italians allowed! :)
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Postby IreneY » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:31 am

Non Italian speakers using an online etymology dictionary such as this one can answer then? :D
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Postby ethopoeia » Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:35 pm

Yes! btw the etymology provided by the dictionary is good, yet it still lacks the most important nuance.

One clue: I said Italians are not allowed because from Rome's most famous pinnacle the etymology becomes self-evident and, above all, huge. :roll:
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Postby ethopoeia » Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:21 pm

Another clue: the fence surrounding the Parc des Bastions in Geneva (Switzerland) also displays splendid golden pinnacles!
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Postby ethopoeia » Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:44 pm

A further clue: the Puerta de España (Gate of Spain) at the entrance of the Retiro Gardens in Madrid (Spain) are topped by huge stone pinnacles.
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Postby perispomenon » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:14 pm

Your clues don't help much :?
Perhaps you should allow some Italians in on the quiz :D

The etymology just refers to a 'small spire', that's pretty much all. So what are you trying to tell us?
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Postby perispomenon » Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:15 pm

On those fences you mention, I can only see something that looks like pineapples (don't know for sure, I can only find tiny pictures).

Ah, or perhaps pine cones. But no reference on the net connects pinnacle to pine cones (pigna in Italian).
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Re: Etymology of PINNACLE

Postby perispomenon » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:51 pm

ethopoeia wrote:What's the etymology of "pinnacle", and why?


Well, I did my best; Now you can tell me, the what and the why. With references please!
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Postby ThomasGR » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:04 am

We have to live with it. We will never know the answer to the riddle.
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Postby perispomenon » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:52 am

ThomasGR wrote:We have to live with it. We will never know the answer to the riddle.


But I do see them everywhere now: pine cones here, pine cones there, on gates, even in my own village.
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Re: Etymology of PINNACLE

Postby Luculentus » Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:05 am

Battlements? 8)
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Re: Etymology of PINNACLE

Postby Lex » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:07 pm

From http://www.etymonline.com/, it's from pinnaculum "gable," dim. of pinna "peak, point".
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