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Friday, December 24, 2010

chaffer

\CHAF-er\ , verb;
1.
To bargain; haggle.
noun:
1.
Bargaining; haggling.
verb:
1.
To bandy words; chatter.
Quotes:
'Ours was a place where profit-seeking Phoenician master mariners would come to chaffer the ten thousand gewgaws in their ships: also my father had a Phoenician woman among his bond-maids.
-- Homer, The Odyssey
Joy came to bear to it the offering of its thanksgiving and to vow sixpenny bits to the Lord, prosperity came in a high hat to chaffer for the holy privileges, and grief came with rent garments to lament the beloved dead and glorify the name of the Eternal.
-- Israel Zangwill, Children of the Ghetto: a study of a peculiar people
Origin:
Chaffer is an alteration of the Middle English chapfare, "a trading journey." The archaic chap maintains a modern presence in the common term related to shopping, cheap.
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