Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Another example of words diverging --
Written by gianni
(10/5/2011 10:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I found it as far as the 1792 edition, penned by Graciela
So "demean" is now pejorative, but 200 years ago it was closely tied to "demeanor", which still has the original meaning.
Recall the discovery (at least, for me) in the P&P group read last year of "develop" having diverged from its original close attachment to "envelop" (in the description of Mrs. Bennet's mind, ch. 1).
This almost as much fun as reading Austen's prose!
Well, I guess almost is overstating it :-). But it is a lot of fun.
Aww! I see we've lost the cute little quotation graphics. Will they be coming back?
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.