Friday, 19 March 2010
One thing I love about the English language is that it is constantly evolving. Remember when gay used to mean happy? Or when wicked used to a bad thing?
English has evolved from many languages: Latin, Spanish, French, Greek and it's still evolving. Proof? Google (both a registered verb and noun) it.
So, for those who love words and the wonder of language, here's a fun exercise.
1) Find a good dictionary. One with etymology (that means word origins) in it. Dictionary.com if you don't own paper anymore.
2) Look up the following words: gossip, adultery, kangaroo, music, television, orange, sandwich, marathon, husband, lunatic.
3) Look up ten other words that you have recently used in your writing.
4) Write a story that reveals something about the origin and roots of some of these words while still using them in a modern sense.