angelsaxis:

birdghost:

hornedbooty:

a-sadist-at-play-45:

hornedbooty:

I love….. adding unnecessary e’s to words like spicey or babey. ……. it makes the words pop

Unnecessary, redundant, sloppy, visually displeasing, and a sign of not understanding the English language. But yeah, they “pop” I guess. Just like my assumption that you arent average.

oooo!!! buzzkill syndrome, i see. a true example, what a case study.

someone is angery!!!

what a bitche

And apparently lacking in a historical knowledge of English, which included, more E’s than it does now. Why? Because words were pronounced a bit differently, there was no standardized written form, and oh yes, dialectical differences were highly localized–which meant a word could be spelled differently just a few miles distant. Remember that English is not one language, but an amalgam of about seven different tongues and their written forms, which often were injected more than once over the course of time. Which is why English bears traces of both Norman French and Medieval French.  After all, French was the court language at different times in England for some four hundred years. Notice that English has the odd -OUGH spelling on words that sound like -OO? That is a French form of an ancient Germanic letter no longer used. It existed in England due to Proto-Germanic migrations (Viking invasions). Over centuries, Vikings came and went, while their own language evolved, and injected several versions into the linguistic incubator that was Britain. Then other invaders (Anglos, Saxons, and so on) came and modified, back and forth, switching hands back and forth as the original tongues shifted and then impacted, shifted then impacted. Rather like a sea swell. Because of this constant flux, about every century, one could count upwards of two major linguistic shifts in any one region of the island we now call the UK.

A list: just for a laugh.

  • “atte” = “at”
  • “Brenne” = “burn”
  • “eek” = “also”
  • “eald” or “olde” = “old”
  • “glorie” = “glory”
  • “hadde” = “had”
  • “here” = “her”
  • “Lasse” = “less”
  • “morewe” = “morrow”
  • “sonne” = “sun”
  • “thinlke” = “this or that”
  • “widuwe” = “widow”
  • “wonne” = “won”
  • And here’s some funny ones…to which, modern English adds an E to obtain the AI vowel.
    • “wif” = “wife”
    • “win” = “wine”

This is but a tiny list of words from the history of English that make heavy use of the E. In fact, in the Early Modern period, the one closest to contemporary English (when Shakespeare was writing) It was common for any word to suddenly end in an E, depending on the author. Because again, the first dictionary had only just come out, and only some of the people ever got their hands on it. Do keep in mind that any word containing an E sound, no matter what the origin, was often spelled with two E’s or with an IE or an EYE. Words that ended with an -ILL sound, often found an E attached. Words that to this day retain a silent end E, were originally not silent, and that E was indeed vocalized, depending on region…which is of course how that E ever appeared in the first place. Go on…pick up any book written in 1600 or earlier.

The letter E isn’t even always just an E.

The “ash”, or AE combination, is a one of 12 letters that no longer exist in English. In Old English/Latin versions of the alphabet which again, were not standardized, it replaced a local Anglo Saxon rune “ “ (Looks a bit like an E, doesn’t it?) which made a similar sound. Of a sudden, words that had never contained an E, suddenly began to contain them. A good example of this is the Greek word “aion” which became “aeon” and now is simply written in English as “eon”. Due to pronunciation drift, away from the fascinating French vowels during extensive periods of war, and the inevitable shift toward simpler text forms, the ash fell away, becoming either an A or an E. This transition is lengthy and in fact, was only recently completed, largely because of an American push to simplify printing processes. Because of this, even the word “ medieval”–notice that E in the middle– is no longer spelled as it used you be only two hundred years ago: “mediaeval”.

So… @a-sadist-at-play-45…What was that about being average? The word “Average” comes from Old French “avarie“ which means damage, as in the damage done to cargo in transit. English added the “-AGE” to turn the word from a noun to a descriptor, in order to discuss the tax, payable to the owner of the property, that was levied against any courier who damaged goods while shipping them. Notice that English also shifted that there spelling from “avarage” to “average”. The dialect said ER, so the writers began spelling it ER instead of using the French vowel AR.

Funny how that works.

We have a word for people like you, @a-sadist-at-play-45. Snoutband. Someone who butts their snout into the business of others just to cause a ruckus. It has no E’s, you’ll notice, but since the people of the north often said “Snout” as “Snoot” and were notorious for dragging out words (particularly insults)… let’s just go ahead and drop some E’s in there and call you a “Snutebande”

Boy…those E’s just really pop.

phleg·mat·ic

ecryre:

/fleɡˈmadik/

adjective
(of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition. 

Comes into English from Medieval French, and there by way of Latin and Greek. It refers to one of the four “humors” of the body, which was an early form of “medicinal” reasoning.

It’s important to note that the word “phlegm” has a different meaning in the original context than to the one used now. Phlegm was the substance that supposedly caused cooling and apathy, which is odd, because the original root of “phlegm” is “fire”. Dyscrasia was caused by the phlegmatic secretions supposedly putting out the warmer yellow bile and so forth.

Worthy to note that the word “melancholic” comes from the ancient Greek for “black bile”. So you can easily see how early medical thinking has affected the English discussion of moods or ideas.

Pamphagous

1. ADJ. Eating everything in its path. 

This is used in the literal sense. This is an elite way of phrasing the behavior to someone who doesn’t ever stop stuffing their face.

Example: I am pamphagous, which is why I’m no longer allowed at local buffet restaurants. 

Bugger

1. N. Archaic: A heretic or anyone who engages in heretical practices. The word “Buggery” is used to describe heretical practices.

1. V. Modern: Used as an explanation similar to “fuck”.

Example: He was captured in a priest bolt and carried to the stake, burned for being a bugger.

You probably know a different meaning for this word, as in referring to anal penetration or “sodomy”. In truth, this word came to be used for this precisely because of what it actually means. Sodomy was considered heretical by the church. The word comes to Middle English by way of Old French’s “bougre” meaning “heretic”. But this itself issues from Medieval Latin, which equated the Orthodox Church–“Bulgarus”–with heresy. So the word actually originates in one church calling another stupid. And somehow it came to refer to anal sex and be used as a curse word.

Seems funny to me. But then again, I wander the earth as an emblem of all things the Church forgot about and therefore delight in upholding heresy.

Closest thing I’ve thought of to tie to a bee-themed protest.

Macrocephalus

1. N. Having an abnormally large head.

This word can be used in the scientific sense, I’m sure, but honestly, why bother with science when you could use it to be terribly obscure in your insults?

Example: “Oh, of course you have an answer Ted, you know-it-all macrocephalus.”

Nerterology

1. N.; The study of knowledge pertaining to death, the afterlife, or the underworld

Example: In order to be a necromancer, it is necessary to also take up nerterology.

Why not “necrology”? Because that pertains to a eulogy and nerterology is a more modern word than necrology.

Surgation

Now here’s a filthy one for all you Old Words aficionados. 

1. N. The erect penis.

Example: His surgation made it incredibly difficult to stand up as his clothing offered no concealment.

Now you can be bawdy like a gentleman.

Welmish

1. ADJ. Having a pale or sickly complexion

Example: People often assume I am ill because of my welmish face.

This was a word that came to be used in dyes, as I recall, first. It had to do with certain tonality of pigments, of a diluted or yellowed color.

Sevidical

1. ADJ. Cruel, threatening, or intentionally hurtful speech

Example: Bullies demonstrate a sevidical disposition. 

From the Latin, saevus, or “fierce” and dicere, “to say”. Saevus is also the root of “severe”.

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