Words: seethe, v.
Thursday 23 December 1999
Seethe has come to mean solely behaviour, which it acquired in the 17th century, but it originally meant boil, from various Teutonic words which incorporate such diverse meanings as smoky vapour and boiled flesh, and it is from the word that sodden derives, for it could also mean something so boiled down that it is no longer crisp - enough to make one seethe.
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