the word ‘rebutted’

apparently it exists as a past form of rebuttal. but it solely makes me think of someone making an ass of their self.

  1. Thanks. I am going to giggle whenever I hear that word now.

  2. Maybe debut is part of the family word root here? After the first debut the rest of the time it is a rebuttal?

    • lenybob said:

      that ‘but’ is a more likely etymology than my ‘butt’ comment.

      (pure speculation on my part)
      “re” and “de” both hold meaning. “but” may similarly hold meaning, or perhaps “but” may be past/passed tense for “bud”(eg rose-bud).

      there is an old cliché that people used flowery language; if literally, that would be kinda reasonable.

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