What’s in a word

1 Jan

Hi again fellas,

English is the language which the blog is written. A medium of communication, expression of ideas. This is the language which extends its ability and its known words to unknown numbers. It borrows terms and definitions from anything and everything. A small example to illustrate this. What do you think about the meaning of “box”? According to the history, box is name of a tree. Soon, the box tree was used to make containers for jewellery. Anything made of this  tree was hence called  a box. Slowly,  all the containers got the name box. Slowly, all the things that were in the shape of a box were derived a name which included “box”. Examples as such is a post box, box office. A box office is a small room that sold tickets for a movie theater in a counter. And any movie/play which made success in selling out tickets was called a “box office hit”. A television which is in the shape of a box is informally called a box. A soap box, a box for holding soap, later esp. a wooden crate in which soap may be packed. Typical of a makeshift stand for a public orator. Similar derivations are brain box, juke box, chatter box and mail box, black box for air planes.

Similar to these words, flour is derived from flower as they were soft to touch.  The world lumination is derived from Latin.

English thus proves to be a truly international language and we could just get amazed from its extendability and flexibility.

PS: I am not sure about the origin of the words cash and catamaran. I just edited this and will post more after I check it.

This link might just help: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cash

16 Responses to “What’s in a word”

  1. Amogh January 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    hence the lingua franca all around and probebly the most easiest one

    • Shiva January 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

      haha Double superlative

    • Shiva January 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      A frequently used word as an example to illustrate this. Thanks to my dad for the information

  2. Thilla January 4, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    “Cash and Cattamaran are the words derived from the tamil language. Kaas and kattaimaram are the words in tamil ”

    Source ????

  3. Thilla January 4, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    “English thus proves to be a truly international language and we could just get amazed from its extendability and flexibility.”

    I agree with you…

    But there is no individuality in English

    • Shiva January 4, 2010 at 12:39 am #

      I am not much aware of that. Will do a small check

  4. Thilla January 4, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    No boss ….its not authorized source

    anyways good effort.nice post

    • Shiva January 4, 2010 at 12:59 am #

      Words of a literature post graduate, and an anxious guy. What do you mean exactly “authorized source” ?

    • Shiva January 4, 2010 at 1:00 am #

      Wiki is known for containing the right facts. Illa naan research panni sollanuma?

      • Shiva January 4, 2010 at 1:06 am #

        It does not mean that you are wrong nor I am proving myself right.

  5. Thilla January 4, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Wiki is known for containing the right facts. Illa naan research panni sollanuma?

    its not good way of talking bro

  6. Thilla January 4, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    ” Words of a literature post graduate, and an anxious guy. What do you mean exactly “authorized source” ? ”

    did he got doctorate in this topic / any university approved his thesis

  7. Raj January 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    the word cash is derived from Latin but not from tamil. of course catamaran is adopted from tamil. ref. Oxford dictionary for the origin of words

  8. D Mahesh Kumar February 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Ethimology of each word is really awesome in all languages

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