Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 15, 2004
In Reply to: Row, not your boat. posted by ESC on June 15, 2004
: : "Ratings row over Moore Iraq film"
: : ---from the Drudge Report
: : Anybody got the wholenine on how "row" got to mean "conflict"?
: row -- a noisy commotion or disturbance. 1746, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to, or a shortened form of, "rouse" a carousal or bout of drinking , also spelled "rowse" , a shortened form of carouse... From "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).
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