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Monday, November 26, 2012

fainaigue

\fuh-NEYG\ , verb;
1.
To shirk; evade work or responsibility.
2.
To renege at cards.
Quotes:
I finally fainaigue a tin plate out of the mess department, for which I am required to give two lire.
-- Harry Partch, Thomas McGeary, Bitter Music: Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos
I've a two-year stretch up here, unless I quit or fainaigue a transfer.
-- "Astounding Science fiction, Volume 31, issue 21943"
Origin:
Fainaigue stems from British dialect, but its exact origins are unclear. Whether or not it has a relationship to finagle is a source of debate.
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