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    Post Question: she has claimed the stake on a name

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    Larry: I'm in a-first of all, I am my children's father, and I have a little bit of a family rift that I need a little bit of advice on. My wife and I are pregnant with our second child, and it is a boy. My sister has four girls and is also pregnant, does not know the gender of her child, but she has claimed the stake on a name that we also want to name our boy. So she yesterday called us, and asked us not to name the child the name that we wanted to name him.

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    I wonder how I understand about "the stake".

    I found out the meaning of "stake" through english-english dictionary.

    But I can't understand.

    so I'd like to know what the blue sentece means.

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    Re: Question: she has claimed the stake on a name

    It means to claim ownership or a personal interest.

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    Re: Question: she has claimed the stake on a name

    I think there is a typo - that, or a real spoken error based on the exchanging of words with the same vowel sound. The phrase is 'stake a claim' (coming, I believe, from the Wild West - when the authorities said [or assumed - I don't know the details] that anyone could claim possession of land simply by defining it - putting stakes at the corners, to mark the perimeter). Confusingly, considering the history, the 'claim' was effectively a noun [= the land claimed] and the 'stake' was a verb [=mark with stakes]. This could* account for the speaker's switch, in which "claim" is a verb [=make a claim] and "stake" is a noun [=something of value, put at risk].

    Today, 'staking a claim' is just saying 'I got here first/did this first, so it's mine'.

    * The speculation's all mine. I stake my claim to it!

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    PS Soup beat me to it. That'll teach me to come straight to the point.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jun-2008 at 14:56. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Question: she has claimed the stake on a name

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I think there is a typo - that, or a real spoken error based on the exchanging of words with the same vowel sound. The phrase is 'stake a claim' (coming, I believe, from the Wild West - when the authorities said [or assumed - I don't know the details] that anyone could claim possession of land simply by defining it - putting stakes at the corners, to mark the perimeter). Confusingly, considering the history, the 'claim' was effectively a noun [= the land claimed] and the 'stake' was a verb [=mark with stakes]. This could* account for the speaker's switch, in which "claim" is a verb [=make a claim] and "stake" is a noun [=something of value, put at risk].

    Today, 'staking a claim' is just saying 'I got here first/did this first, so it's mine'.

    * The speculation's all mine. I stake my claim to it!

    b

    PS Soup beat me to it. That'll teach me to come straight to the point.
    I agree with you on the odd usage of the phrase "claimed the stake on".

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    Re: Question: she has claimed the stake on a name

    I also saw the phrase as "stake a claim".

    Maybe, as Bobk's words, it is like a spoken error.

    Thanks.

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