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To cut to the chase, the word in question is more often spelled "feak," although the only dictionary I've found that lists either form is the Oxford English Dictionary, so I guess it does count as a seriously obscure term. In any case, the origin of "feak" (or "feek") is the German word "fegen," meaning "to cleanse or sweep." The term "feak" first appeared in English back around 1575 and has always been primarily associated with falconry, as illustrated by this quotation from a 1686 explanation of the proper falconry terms: "When she [your Hawk] hath Fed, say she Feaketh her Beak and not wipeth it."
What's the origin of the word drunk
Dear Word Detective: "Dotage" is a strange little word that I always assumed meant just "old age." But I just looked up the word and find it and its more obscure relative "dotard" carrying connotations of second childhood or senility. For derivation, I am referred to "dote," which I've always known in the "excessive fondness" sense, but there is also a sense of "exhibiting foolishness or feeble-mindedness." The older I get, the more alarming these connections seem. What can you find about the history of these words that might comfort an old codger? -- Don Platt, St. Charles, MO.
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Of the several kinds of "nap" in English, the most well-known is "nap" meaning "a short sleep" (or, as a verb, "to take a short sleep"). Modern English inherited this "nap" from the Old English "hnappian," meaning "to doze," but its ultimate origin is unknown. But that's OK, because the "nap" in "nap of the earth" has nothing to do with dozing. You're on the right trail when you assume that it is connected to the "nap" or surface of a carpet or cloth. This kind of "nap" arrived in English around 1440 from the Middle Dutch "noppe," meaning "tuft of wool." The "nap" of wool or cloth is the layer of projecting fibers on the surface, and "nap of the earth" metaphorically likens the hills, valleys, trees and so forth of the earth to the "nap" of a carpet.
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Dear Word Detective: I can't find the origin of the phrase "nap of the earth." I will make out as a big hero and intellectual big-timer if I can find it and post it on my rotorcraft newsgroup. We all know the one general meaning of "flying close to the earth" and following the earth's contours, especially in a helicopter, and "nap" probably refers to the "nap" as on a carpet, but the origin is eluding us. One wag said it originated in Viet Nam, but I know it is way older than that, as I'm way older than that and remember it from my childhood. -- Ken J., via the internet.