tong vs tongue

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tong = East - click on the character for the official Ming definition!
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otherwise
tongue Look up tongue at Dictionary.comO.E. tunge "organ of speech, speech, language," from P.Gmc. *tungon (cf. O.S., O.N. tunga, O.Fris. tunge, M.Du. tonghe, Du. tong, O.H.G. zunga, Ger. Zunge, Goth. tuggo), from PIE *dnghwa- (cf. L. lingua "tongue, speech, language," from Old L. dingua; O.Ir. tenge, Welsh tafod, Lith. liezuvis, O.C.S. jezyku). The substitution of M.E. -o- for O.E. -u- before -m- or -n- was a scribal habit (cf. some, monk, etc.) to avoid misreading the letters in the old style hand, which jammed them together; and the spelling of the ending of the word apparently is a 14c. attempt to indicate proper pronunciation, but the result is "neither etymological nor phonetic, and is only in a very small degree historical" [OED]. Meaning "foreign language" is from 1535. The verb meaning "to touch with the tongue, lick" is attested from 1687. Tongue-tied is first recorded 1529; tongue-in-cheek (adj.) is recorded from 1933, from phrase to speak with one's tongue in one's cheek "to speak insincerely" (1748), which somehow must have been suggestive of sly irony or humorous insincerity, but the exact notion is obscure.
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Then too, there were the Tong - a Chinese secret organization described in the Wikipedia.
Actually the Tong were a kind of order which wraps this item around to the beginning.  Maybe it is just a lot of hui.

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Comments


Seth says
M 2010-09-08 10:07:48 14293
seth 2010-09-08 10:01:52 14293
Then too were one to type "tonge", Google suggests a better spelling is "tong".
Which is still not tongue!

but that's  what actually must have happened.

Mark de LA says
seth 2010-09-08 10:01:52 14293
Then too were one to type "tonge", Google suggests a better spelling is "tong".
Which is still not tongue!


Mark de LA says
I remember a famous quote from our brother Gregory which goes:
Greg: ...
He spoke with tongue in cheek, but the cheek was not his own.
... perhaps an allusion to some of his strange sexual proclivities.

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