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  1. Two (southern) Irish people just mentioned foostering to me in this connection. which in turn called to my mind “foosty” (meaning mouldy or musty). But according to purported etymologies, the former is of Romance origin, the second from Irish, and the latter is from ME! Well, at least it’s all proto-Indo-European…

    The similarity with foo(s)tering makes me a little skeptical of these claims, or at least suspect some sort of assimilation between the two.

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