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Subject: Re: meaning of Capriccio
Author: Anon.   (guest, 213.10.185.228)
Date: August 14, 2004 at 10:13:51 AM
Reply to: Re: 'Caprice' by Mason
The word Caprice is really the French form of the Italian Capriccio. I think Italians should use the French pronunciation, because they are using a French form, but perhaps they don't, I don't know.
This word has a rather surprising origin. It literally means 'head (like a) hedgehog', which is to say, with the hairs standing upright (from fright). This is the original meaning: a horror. (Oxf.Engl.Dict.)

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