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    The 9th of Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues is "Moderation".

    It reads:

    "Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve."

    On first glance I thought this made sense to me. The first sentence seems pretty easy to understand. Then I realized that I didn't really understand the use of vocabulary in the second sentence.

    So I looked up some definitions:

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft¬ģ Encarta¬ģ Reference Library 2004. ¬© 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    fore·bear

    fore¬∑bear [f√°wr b√*ir]
    (plural fore¬∑bears) or for¬∑bear [f√°wr b√*ir] (plural for¬∑bears)
    n
    long-dead relative: ancestor, especially one who died a long time ago (often used in the plural)


    [15th century. From fore- + bear , variant of obsolete beer ‚Äúsomeone who is,‚ÄĚ from be .]
    In the sentence, the word "forebear" seems to be used as a verb. But according to this definition it's a noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft¬ģ Encarta¬ģ Reference Library 2004. ¬© 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    re·sent

    re·sent [ri zént]
    (past re·sent·ed, past participle re·sent·ed, present participle re·sent·ing, 3rd person present singular re·sents)
    vt
    be annoyed at: to feel aggrieved about something or toward somebody often because of a perceived wrong or injustice


    [Late 16th century. From obsolete French ressentir , literally ‚Äúto feel strongly,‚ÄĚ from sentir ‚Äúto feel,‚ÄĚ from Latin sentire ‚Äúto feel.‚ÄĚ]
    So if I change the wording.

    "Ancestor annoying injuries so much as you think they deserve."

    I can't even begin to understand the second half of the sentence do to the fact that the first half seems to make no sense.

    Can someone make sense of this for me.

    Arigatou!!


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    You should have read further until you came to the definition of the verb forbear:

    3. To control one's self when provoked. "The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear." Cowper. "Both bear and forbear." Old Proverb.


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    Ack, that's what I thought it meant but my dictionary doesn't have that in it. Now I'm wondering about my dictionary.


    Well thanks anyways.
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    Ah, ha!

    I spelled it "f o r e b e a r" when it should be "f o r b e a r".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBOB
    Ah, ha!

    I spelled it "f o r e b e a r" when it should be "f o r b e a r".
    Yup. Also a similar confusion sometimes applies between forego and forgo.
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