English – The Confusing Language that Makes No SenseAdd to favorites tutorial Add to favorites tutorialEnglish – The Confusing Language that Makes No Sense THE ORIGINS OF THESE WORDS, TELL A DIFFERENT MEANING Through time the meaning of many words in the English Language seemed to dramatically change.
- Etymology of the English Language
You may be surprised to learn the true meaning or origins of many words in the English Language. Such as… Girl = young child (any sex) Awful = inspiring Bully = sweet-heart Nice = stupid or ignorant just to name a few
Awful = Full of Awe, Inspiring Why this word has changed through time, makes me scratch my head. Awful makes sense to mean, full of awe.
Bimbo = Little Child, Fellow, One of the Boys From Bambino in Italian
Bully = Darling, Sweet heart, Brother, lover from the Dutch word “boel”, meaning lover or brother.
Cute = Keenly Perceptive, Shred Cute was a shortened form of acute – in the 1730s.
Gay = Full of Joy, Merry, Carefree
- (late 12c. as a surname, Philippus de Gay), from Old French gai “joyful, happy; pleasant, agreeably charming; forward, pert”
- (12c.; cf. Old Spanish gayo, Portuguese gaio, Italian gajo, probably French loan-words).
- Ultimate origin disputed; perhaps from Frankish *gahi (cf. Old High German wahi “pretty”), though not all etymologists accept this.
- Meaning “stately and beautiful; splendid and showily dressed” is from early 14c.
- late 14c., “full of joy, merry; light-hearted, carefree;” also “wanton, lewd, lascivious”
- The word gay by the 1890s had an overall tinge of promiscuity — a gay house was a brothel. The suggestion of immorality in the word can be traced back at least to the 1630s, if not to Chaucer:
- Slang meaning “homosexual” (adj.) begins to appear in psychological writing late 1940s,
Nice = stupid, foolish, ignorant, unwise, and not knowing
- late 13c., “foolish, stupid, senseless,”
- from Old French nice (12c.) “careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish,”
- from Latin nescius “ignorant, unaware,” literally “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + stem of scire “to know”
- “The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj.”
- [Weekley] — from “timid” (pre-1300);
- to “fussy, fastidious” (late 14c.);
- to “dainty, delicate” (c.1400);
- to “precise, careful” (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early);
- to “agreeable, delightful” (1769);
- to “kind, thoughtful” (1830).
Bad = “effeminate man, hermaphrodite, pederast,” or womanish man from Old English derogatory term bæddel and its diminutive bædling Reference
Husband = House owner
- from hus “house” (see house (n.)) + bondi “householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant,”
- Old English husbonda “male head of a household,”
- probably from Old Norse husbondi “master of the house,”
- from buandi, present participle of bua “to dwell” (see bower).
- Beginning late 13c., replaced Old English wer as “married man,” companion of wif, a sad loss for English poetry.
- Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.
Almost = Mostly All
Care = be Anxious, Grieve, Feel Concern
- Old English carian, cearian “be anxious, grieve; to feel concern or interest,”
- Old English cearful “mournful, sad,” also “full of care or woe; anxious; full of concern” (for someone or something), thus “applying attention, painstaking, circumspect;” from care (n.) + -ful.
Girl = child, young person of either sex
- c.1300, gyrle “child” (of either sex), current scholarship [OED says] leans toward an unrecorded Old English *gyrele,
- from Proto-Germanic *gurwilon-,
- diminutive of *gurwjoz (apparently also represented by Low German gære “boy, girl,” Norwegian dialectal gorre, Swedish dialectal gurre “small child,” though the exact relationship, if any, between all these is obscure),
- from PIE *ghwrgh-,
Fun = to befool, fond
- (c.1400; see fond).
- of uncertain origin, probably a variant of Middle English fonnen “befool”
- from verb fun (1680s) “to cheat, hoax,”
- earlier “a cheat, trick” (c.1700),
- “diversion, amusement,” 1727,
Fond = to be foolish, a fool, silly
- mid-14c., originally “foolish, silly,”
- from past tense of fonnen “to fool, be foolish,”
- perhaps from Middle English fonne “fool” (early 14c.),
- of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun
Sad= satisfied, full, have enough
- Old English sæd “sated, full, having had one’s fill (of food, drink, fighting, etc.),weary of,”
- from Proto-Germanic *sathaz (cf. Old Norse saðr, Middle Dutch sat, Dutch zad, Old High German sat, German satt, Gothic saþs “satiated, sated, full”),
- from PIE *seto- (cf. Latin satis “enough, sufficient,”
- Greek hadros “thick, bulky,”
- Old Church Slavonic sytu, Lithuanian sotus “satiated,”
- Old Irish saith “satiety,” sathach “sated”),
- from root *sa- “to satisfy” (cf. Sanskrit a-sinvan “insatiable”).
Notice:The Academy of Erudition, acknowledges that the English Language makes no sense, however, if you live in a land that speaks English you must study it in order to interact and communicate with. Knowing the true meaning of words will help you do this intelligently.Reference: http://www.yaffabey.com/englishisacurse.html http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/05/31/735843/-The-Mad-Logophile-Words-That-Have-Changed-Their-Meaning-Part-1#
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