Friday, January 28, 2005

Etymology- How Words Change

In todays issue:

1) English Etymology.
2) Webinar online TV shows
3) Double Birthday Bash surprise.

Etymology is the study of the origins words.

As languages develop the meaning of words can change over time. This causes confusion and misunderstanding when communicating with other people.

On the positive side of the changes, it has been noted over time that languages that stay alive, adapt and grow over time.

An example would be the word nice. Nice used to be an insult and meant foolish or stupid in the 13th century and it went through many changes right through to the 18th century with meanings like wanton, extravagant, elegant, strange, modest, thin, and shy or coy. Now it means a good & pleasing or thoughtful & kind.

Silly meant blessed or happy in the 11th century and went through pious, innocent, harmless, pitiable and feeble minded before ending up as foolish or stupid.

Pretty started as crafty this changed to clever or skillfully made, then to fine and ended up as beautiful.

Some other changes are:

Word ______ Original Meaning
Awful________ Deserving of awe
Bead _________Prayer
Brave_________ Cowardice (as in bravado)
Girl__________ Young person of either sex
Neck_________ Parcel of land (as in neck of the woods)
Nuisance______ Injury, harmSophisticated Corrupted

You can learn about more about how words change in the study of etymology.
This then can be another reminder to us, especially when it is important to have clarity or uniform goal setting. That what a word means to us, may not have the same meaning to someone else.

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2) In keeping up with technology today, next month I will be
starting an internet interactive TV show on communications.

With this exciting new technology you can view my guests, myself and interact with us. I will be interview people from around the globe.
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Starting Tuesday, Feb 1st, I will be interviewing some of the top names on the webinar, that will be coming to the Double Birthday Bash Ceremony in San Antonio Texas.

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3) In March I will be in San Antonio Texas at a Double Birthday
Bash Seminar Celebration with Ted Nicolas and Joel Christopher.
Joel has asked me to co-mc at this event and I was thrilled to take him up on this offer.
You won't want to miss-out on this because Ted Nicholas rarely speaks at any event... unless you're willing to pay $7,500 at the door.

Read all about the details here:

All the Best!
Maria Boomhower
The Master Communicator


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