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lynny
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Re: My new word

Post by lynny » 28 Aug 2019, 19:27

I couldn't guess that one in a month of Sundays! It sounds like a German sausage :lol:

I did look it up.......

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Re: My new word

Post by Dreamweaver » 03 Sep 2019, 16:16

Decimate. If you think you know it you might be surprised to read https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/ ... 0/11459980
This is a blow to me - I just love word origins. But yes, meanings have to change. :teary
The demand that words retain a prior meaning in the face of current usage is known as the etymological fallacy. It is also stupid: salaries are no longer used to buy salt; a liaison is no longer a thickening sauce made from egg yolks; quarantine no longer refers, as it once did, to the period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her deceased husband's estate. Fortunately for journalists, a deadline is no longer a physical line outside a military prison beyond which would-be escapees are shot.
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Re: My new word

Post by Dreamweaver » 12 Sep 2019, 19:16

Where do new words come from?
Video under 2 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytr28t5VzAs
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