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Google and now Beyonce - is the etymological world going insane?

Asked by seazen_ (4801points) April 27th, 2011

Facebook me – Like me – Friend me – google it:

But you’d better Beyonce that girl before she leaves you… i.e., put a ring on it.

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jaytkay's avatar

When I heard that song, I immediately thought it sounds like Indian pop music. I’ve never heard it mentioned and nobody I know agrees.

Anybody else notice that? Am I insane?

seazen_'s avatar

@jaytkay It’s true = Jamaican and Indian influences – it’s been written about.

AmWiser's avatar

Seems par for the world we live in today.
Etymology is the study of the origins of words. The English language is living and growing. Although many of our words have been part of our language for many years, new words are added all the time. Following are various ways our language is influenced.

Derived from Foreign Words – English, in many cases, has been commonly expanded by incorporating foreign words into it. Most of our language has ancient Anglo-Saxon or Latin origins. Other languages have also added to our vocabularies.
Additions through Technology & Products – Our words often reflect current interests, trends, and innovations. One of the most recent contributors to our language has been computer technology, which has created words such as bytes, monitor, and disk.
Another way new words come into our language is through the development of products. Some examples include: Kleenex, Walkman, Scotch tape, Xerox, and Linoleum.
People’s Names – sometimes when a person invents or introduces something, that thing becomes associated with the person’s name. The person, through time, is forgotten while the name lives on in our language. Examples include:
mesmerize – F.A. Mesmer, an Austrian doctor and hypnotist.
sideburns – an American English alteration of burnsides, Ambrose E. Burnside, a Union general.
Words from Letters – The initials for the names of things may actually come to replace the names. The initials become the words that represent the thing, concept, or group. The following are examples of words that have developed from initials.
TV – TeleVision
DWI – Driving While Intoxicated
COD – Cash On Delivery
ZIP – Zone Improvement Plan
Word Histories – Some words also have interesting histories. Learning the stories behind the meanings is a good way to learn those words. The following examples will give you an idea of how history can affect language.
footman – It was once thought to bring bad luck if a person stepped on the door threshold when entering a house. Rich people hired a servant to stand at their doors. His job was to guard against a guest’s stepping on the threshold. The guard became known as a footman.
hooker – A synonym for prostitute. The term became popular during the Civil War. The women involved were camp followers. General “Fighting Joe” Hooker approved their presence in order to boost the morale of his men.

jaytkay's avatar

@seazen_ Jamaican and Indian influences – it’s been written about.

I don’t read the right stuff

Berserker's avatar

Ah, damn internet. If only we could just speak old English again, and settle disputes through glove slapping.

Berserker's avatar

O rly!? I challenge thee to a duel!

Berserker's avatar

Aye ye cursed foe, thou hath slappethed at I, and so, I doth slappeth back at thee in retali…Hugs! :D

Berserker's avatar

I doth indeed, kynd sir, prefer the term ’‘glomp’’. :D

seazen_'s avatar


Now I gotcha where I wantcha.

Is this chat?

Berserker's avatar

Shoulda been, but at this hour, I have work, or people to kill the morn, I forgot which, so nighty nights. :)

BarnacleBill's avatar

@jaytkay, now that you mention it, it does sound like Indian music. My favorite Indian restaurant has Bollywood music videos on during lunch, and I have to admit it’s a mood elevator.

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