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This week's theme: verbs.
chaffer (CHAF-uhr) verb tr., intr.
1. To haggle; to bargain.
2. To bandy words; to chatter.
Bargaining or haggling.
[From Middle English chaffare, eventually from Old English ceap (trade, purchase), precursor of English cheap + faru (journey).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"I chaffered with the king of those people, who was a wise and far-sighted woman, and brought her to understand that it would be much to her advantage to accept from me half the arms and ammunition I had brought with me." Delia Sherman; The Parwat Ruby; Fantasy & Science Fiction (Cornwall, Connecticut); Jun 1999.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. -Sigmund Freud, neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939)