Altered English: Surprising Meanings of Familiar Words Jeffrey Kacirk

ISBN: 9780764920196

Published: April 1st 2002

Hardcover

240 pages


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Altered English: Surprising Meanings of Familiar Words  by  Jeffrey Kacirk

Altered English: Surprising Meanings of Familiar Words by Jeffrey Kacirk
April 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9780764920196 | 3.26 Mb

Over the Centuries, innumerable English words have drifted from their original purposes and acquired vastly diferent meanings -- some subtle and others not so. This process is a continuous one, as can be seen in todays word bad, whose meaning isMoreOver the Centuries, innumerable English words have drifted from their original purposes and acquired vastly diferent meanings -- some subtle and others not so.

This process is a continuous one, as can be seen in todays word bad, whose meaning is now its own opposite: great. As another example, consider England 500 years ago. Then, improve meant to make progress in that which is evil.

And there was no romantic tryst with a man or woman- then the word meant a fair for black cattle, horses, and sheep Author Jeffrey Kacirk, a man intrigued by words, has sifted through mountains of discarded meanings to arrive at almost 1,500 entries in this fascinating romp through the ever-changing world of lexicography.

As he puts it, his goal is to leave the reader with a sense of where many modern usages may have come from, or in some cases have strayed, whether we choose to think of the changes as corruptions or improvements.Study the altered meanings in this erudite but full book and youll be able to razzle-dazzle (originally, a daylong drinking bout) your friends and acquaintances. So indulge your fancy for linguistic escapades (no longer the plunging and rearing of a horse). The mind-expanding enjoyment of exhuming these forgotten meanings will manure (to enrich the mind) your personal lexicon.



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