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Armamentarium

Posted on | May 9, 2012 | No Comments

In the New York Times, Amanda Fortini refers to a reality series Extreme Couponing “which portrays outlandish superconsumers clearing shelves and maintaining armamentaria of processed foods in their homes”. The noun is perhaps used ironically, for, of later nineteeth-century origins, it denotes a surgeon’s equipment, and replaced the seventeenth-century noun of armamentary which emerged soon after armament while arms to mean weapons appeared three centuries earlier from French and Latin: the “ar”, which had occurred in various languages, means to join. Whether these superconsumers would be allowed to join up and wield arms is another matter.

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