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Defenestrate Means: To Throw Out of a Window

Whenever someone tells me a computer frustration story, it usually ends with the phrase, “I almost threw it out the window.”

If you prefer more concise dialogue, then you’re probably reading the wrong website, but I can share a helpful word with you: defenestrate. It means, “to throw out of a window.” Used in a sentence, “I nearly defenestrated my computer.”

Today, this word is typically used for humor, but it has a very serious past. It comes from Latin, de means from and fenestra means window or opening. The word was coined around 1618, upon what is now known as the Second Defenestration of Prague. (more…)

May 12, 2010 at 12:01 am 1 comment


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