Good morning. I slept. Finally. Ahhh.... The pain was there, but I think the exhaustion beat it into submission for six hours, so hey, I'm feeling almost coherent! Whee!
OK, we all know English is a weird language. Or I do, anyway.
For example: We have "uncouth".
Where is "couth"? Hello? "Un" is a prefix. Root word "Couth". So if we're unamused and amused, why can we be uncouth but never couth? (Spell-check is going insane on Word right now, so I've turned it off. Click tap done. Ha!)
I mean, we have canny and uncanny. (Not that many people use "canny" in daily life, but I was an editor. Words paid my bills for over a decade.)
Then we have slang. Bamboozle. There is no booze and no bamboo. Nonsense word. Yet... there it is. "To convince, fraudulently".
Or cat-gut, which isn't even cat-related. Sinews of any critter will do.
And then we have the anachronisms, such as "dog days of August", going back to the rising of the "dog star", Sirius, in that time of year, per Roman culture. Sirius is only the dog star b/c the star seems to follow at the heels of Orion, the constellation of the Hunter in Greco-Roman myth. That's a lot to have be utterly irrelevant in one phrase, IMHO, right down to "August" being named for a ROman emperor who died 2000 years ago or so. (Augustus Caesar. Julius gave us July. How nice.)
And why is it the collarbone when the neck is where collars are found?
Meanwhile, after 1500 years, the essential meaning and use of some words hasn't changed since "Beowulf" was created, let alone written down a few centuries after. (We think. Maybe. Who knows?) If it starts "th-", odds are you can find it used in Old English the same as modern. But only little words. Not big ones. Thee/thou for you, still around. Atheling, for prince? No. We tend to keep short words with very broad meaning and use. That was too culture-specific, and didn't survive.
So when you say "reich" or "rex" or "raj", it's all from the same root word in proto-Indo-European, and gave us "regent" and "regal" as well, and it all means something about "rule/leading/domain". Big concept, small basic word, stuck around wtih altered pronunciation as culture and time shifts demanded.
All this b/c I'm reading a book in English, translated from Swedish, but originally written in Icelandic. One of my friends is a university librarian. We get interesting book recommendations, to say the least.
I now release you from my exhausted maunderings (?) and wanderings (ah!) and so forth.
May your Wednesday have onlyg ood words for you.
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