English – The Confusing Language that Makes No Sense

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites tutorial FavoriteLoadingAdd 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.

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,
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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).
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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,”
Careful = Full of Anxiety or Anxious, Mournful, Sad
  • 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.
Careless = Free from Anxiety, Unconcerned
  • Old English carleas “free from anxiety; unconcerned,” from care (n.) + -less;
 

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-,
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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,
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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
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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”).
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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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