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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 13842  
Subject: exorbitant Date: 11/19/2012 12:26 PM
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I was writing something and instinctively spelled 'exorbitant' with an h (exhorbitant <cringe>). Like "exhort." Luckily, I checked before sending and discovered my mistake. I consider myself a very good, but imperfect, speller, and I wanted to get to the bottom of my mistake.

exorbitant (adj.)
mid-15c., a legal term, "deviating from rule or principle, eccentric;" from L. exorbitantem (nom. exorbitans), prp. of exorbitare "deviate, go out of the track," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + orbita "wheel track" (see orb). Sense of "excessive, immoderate" is from 1620s; of prices, rates, etc., from 1660s.


http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=exorbitant

Aha--out of the orb, I can remember that!

Not to be confused with the h-containing "exhort":

exhortation (n.)
late 14c., from O.Fr. exhortacion and directly from L. exhortationem (nom. exhortatio) "an exhortation, encouragement," noun of action from pp. stem of exhortari, from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hortari "encourage, urge" (see hortatory).


http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=exhortation&all...

=alstro, grateful to my 8th grade English teacher, who turned me on to etymology. We were each assigned a word to investigate, and I was lucky enough to find a fanciful explanation of 'falsehood' (something about impersonating a practitioner of a false Medieval occupation by donning a "false hood"!).
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Author: TMBFAverageJoe Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12744 of 13842
Subject: Re: exorbitant Date: 11/19/2012 12:33 PM
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Since they're pronounced nearly alike I often have to stop and think before writing either exhortation or exultation, and make sure I have the correct word.

~aj

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Author: sheila727 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12745 of 13842
Subject: Re: exorbitant Date: 11/19/2012 1:06 PM
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'falsehood' (something about impersonating a practitioner of a false Medieval occupation by donning a "false hood"!).


Love it!!!

Happy Day of Giving Thanks, everyone!!


sheila

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