[LMB] Dowager Duchesses?

Luke Bretscher rocketman0739 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 20 02:23:12 BST 2019

It was a joke, yes. As it happens, "dowage," "endow," and "dowry" are all
related, but "widow" seems to be something completely different.


Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:07:08 +0000 (UTC)
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> Subject: [LMB] Dowager Duchesses?
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> Luke Bretscher instructs:
> >Little-known factoid: the current duchess is
> >technically the Dowage Duchess. The previous duchess,
> >if still alive, is the Dowager Duchess, and her
> >predecessor, if still alive, is the Dowagest Duchess.
> Y'know, I didn't exactly buy this, but I put down
> a deposit of earnest while I did my due diligence.
> We know of a lucky girl's "dowery".? We know of a college's
> (well, and of a lucky girl's) "endowment". We know
> citizens are "endowed" with natural rights. Inspection
> shows -- I confess I hadn't noticed until I looked --
> the very words "widow" and "widower" referring to
> a surviving spouse embed a "dow" or "dower" in the text.
> It looks like a root "dow" is related to the word "due" --
> therefore ObBujold, relates to the "due share" a
> Wide Green World Farmers' daughter (or son) has earned from
> her parent and brings to her husband (or his wife) 1to
> help break ground establish a new steading.
> On the other hand I can't find any definition, in general
> or in legal dictionaries, for "dowage" or "dowagest".
> So, I think it is a GREAT joke and I got REALLY well
> caught.? And if it's a joke it's the kind of joke that
> really ought to be true, and should be made true.
> If it's already "true"?in ?some VERY little known
> sense, please help me find out more.

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