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Bänk - , Bnk -

04/09/2011 | stryjko_bojko
Bänk - , Bnk - .
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  • 2011.04.09 | z

    , (/) Re: Bänk - , Bnk -

    Bankrupt
    "The word actually comes from Italian banca rotta, a broken bench (not a rotten one, as the false friend of Italian rotta might suggest its from Latin rumpere, to break). The bench was a literal one, however: it was the usual Italian word for a money dealers table (and indeed is the origin of our bank for a financial institution and also for the sense of break in phrases like Hes gone broke). In his dictionary, the great Dr Johnson retold the legend that when an Italian money trader became insolvent, his table was broken. But the Italian word was being used figuratively it could also mean shipwrecked or defeated, for example"
    ( Sat Apr 09 2011 22:52:25 GMT+0300 (Eastern Europe Daylight Time)) http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-ban1.htm


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