Words ~ What Do They Really Mean?

Originally I started this blog to gain a greater understanding of words, especially in Scripture…hence Words of Life.

So to get back to my original intent…we have had an eye-opening week as we have been studying some commonly used words and their hidden meanings…from a little known booklet called ~ The Words of the Kingdom and the words of the world ~ Compared ~ The Importance of the Words We Speak

I am a mother. This morning I found out there is a motherboard in a computer…

…and if anyone has ever used Bragg’s vinegar you know about the mother in the vinegar…I think Kombucha has a mother as well, or is that the big mushroom blob that grows in the jar in the refrigerator?

Neither one of these looks anything like me…

So, back to my point…

Are you nice?

Origin of nice ~ Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know

Word History ~ Five hundred years ago, when nice was first used in English, it meant “foolish or stupid”. This is not as surprising as it may seem, since it came through early French from the Latin nescius, meaning “ignorant”. By the 16th century, the sense of being “very particular” or “finicky” had developed. In the 19th century,nice came to mean “pleasant or agreeable” and then “respectable”, a sense quite unlike its original meaning.

Merriam-Webster’s Student Dictionary

Main Entry: nice
Pronunciation: \ˈnīs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, foolish, wanton, from Anglo-French, silly, simple, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescire not to know —
Date: 14th century

1 obsolete
a : wanton, dissolute
b : coy, reticent

2 a : showing fastidious or finicky tastes : particular
b : exacting in requirements or standards : punctilious

3 : possessing, marked by, or demanding great or excessive precision and delicacy

4 obsolete : trivial

5 a : pleasing, agreeable
b : well-executed
c : appropriate, fitting

6 a : socially acceptable : well-bred
b : virtuous, respectable

7 : polite, kind

Isn’t it incredible that a word through the ages can come to mean the opposite of what it originally meant?

So do you still think you are nice?

I find this fascinating and the next post will be …

Who are you a person, an individual, or a human being? This may really surprise you. 🙂

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