- Category: The Root of the Word
- Published on Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:52
- Written by Jem Wierenga
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Words have meaning.
It’s something my mother always said, and by golly she was right! But not all words are coined equal. The Root of the Word is a bimonthly blog series designed to look into the etymology and evolution of some of the more exotic English words. It is also intended to help you, the writer, gain a better understanding of the subtlety of our language as well as appreciate the variegated aromas that words with dual definitions can add to your literary bouquet.
This series will not only look at specific words, their origins and correct usage, but will also touch upon how culture, history and regional preference have changed the meaning of words over time. Occasionally, we will also examine various theories of language (though I promise not to get too professorial!). Let's begin with a brief overview of definition.