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Written by gianni
(4/13/2010 2:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Of the dangers of dictionaries, penned by Anselm
You've given me a new perspective on wordplay in Austen. I've long known that many English words have deviated from their French and German antecedents that made perfect sense in the old languages, but whose present definitions seem unrelated, even though lexically nearly identical.
"envelop" -- fold, cover, conceal. Still has for us the same meaning.
"develop" -- unfold, uncover, reveal. The accepted modern definition bears no resemblance at all to that of "envelop", or to this definition of "develop".
I'll be watching for more of this. Thanks very much!
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