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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TONGUE

A portly burgher was he, friendly of tongue and free of purse.

Often it has been on the tip of my tongue, and then it slipped away from me.

Except for a very few words we do not know what sort of tongue it was.

Neither did Lizzie, though her tongue was a whip for Connie.

The tongue is a fire, but there is a stronger fire than the tongue.

And yet it was a coward's blow, and one to stir the blood and loose the tongue of the most peaceful.

It had been ready upon his tongue to tell him all when Sir Oliver had broken in upon them.

"Keep your tongue still, or it will be the worse for you," shouted the most drunken of the archers.

Hold your tongue, simpleton; it is not for you to control the decrees of the faculty.

Probably he had a name in his own tongue, but we called him White Quiver.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tunge "organ of speech, speech, language," from Proto-Germanic *tungon (cf. Old Saxon and Old Norse tunga, Old Frisian tunge, Middle Dutch tonghe, Dutch tong, Old High German zunga, German Zunge, Gothic tuggo), from PIE *dnghwa- (cf. Latin lingua "tongue, speech, language," from Old Latin dingua; Old Irish tenge, Welsh tafod, Lithuanian liezuvis, Old Church Slavonic jezyku).

For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. 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 1530s. Tongue-tied is first recorded 1520s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TONGUE

French kiss

nounkiss with tongue inserted in partner's mouth
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