Thursday, April 28, 2011

fain

fain [feɪn] adv.

1.) With joy; gladly; with wold.

fain a.

1.) Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
2.) Satisfied; contented; also, constrained.

fain v. i. & t.

1.) (Obs.) To be glad; to wish or desire (GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English).

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fægen, joyful, glad.

"The port would fain give succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that's kind to our mortalities. But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship's direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through. With all her might she crowds all sail off shore; in so doing, fights 'gainst the very winds that fain would blow her homeward; seeks all the lashed sea's landlessness again; for refuge's sake forlornly rushing into peril; her only friend her bitterest foe!" (Moby-Dick, Herman Melville, 1851).

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I'd like to apologize to anyone who watched El Clasico last night on my recommendation. What a farce of a game. It was like an unconscious self-parody of Continental football. I have to say, though, that I find myself agreeing with Mourinho (who claimed that Barcelona receive consistently favorable decisions from the referees), mainly because of that ridiculous Van Persie red card a few weeks ago.

28 comments:

strawberry Princess said...

i fain the dress that you gave me... hehe (^_^)

=dgrphx= said...

cool new word for my vocab

Solsby Kid said...

Never heard of this word before!

Poker Ed said...

gonna try and use this one today ;)

DEZMOND said...

a new word, I didn't know this one before :)

Zombie said...

I read your blog with fain! :D

Jen said...

You are just a wealth of information. I learn things from reading your blog and from the notes you leave on mine. Case in point? Salt water taffy - didn't know that!

Colin Biano said...

Finally! a word i know!
yay me ;_;

Bart said...

awesome. never heard this word before, i hope its on a crossword today

D4 said...

I had heard this one a lot, and I thought it meant something else. I'm pretty glad I didn't use it before.

zepdragon said...

Was unaware this word had so many applications

Rob said...

I cannot wait until I use this word in a sentence.

biboa said...

always worth reading, learning something new

Endless said...

noted! :)

Team Panda said...

for some reason i think a few people would think this word means the opposite if i used it.

"I would be fain to go to the store with you"

"Fine stay here then!"

Glovey said...

Nice post! Keep up the good blogging!

M Pax said...

I use feign, but was unaware of fain. Nice word.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

You have a nice looking blog. Thank you for this word of the day. I'll try to use it in a sentence soon. ;)

Nicole✗✗ said...

Oo I'm so using this one! I have a feeling someone is gonna think I'm saying vain.

Kicking Rocks said...

i fain that i am done with college!

Biff Tanner said...

Ill have to work it in some where.

Necroticism said...

So you can fain a girl? :o

Shelby Fox said...

Before first year, I bought a book of entomology (that is the science of word origins, not bugs, right?)

Anyways, it's been useful ever since.

Maggie said...

great word! have to find a spot for it
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Dave said...

I like your blog. Ill be back.

-E- said...

@Shelby Fox no entomology is the study of insects, etymology is the study of word origins.

Venus said...

this is a fain post!

Zed said...

You're right about El Classico, though I think Barca did deserve the win just because of Messi

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