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The Meaning of “Lord”

Posted by Remy on May 14, 2009

Lord comes from the English “loaf ward”.

7 Responses to “The Meaning of “Lord””

  1. Or “loaf keeper.” Lady is from “loaf giver.”

  2. Remy said

    Oh, that’s good.

  3. My favorite factoid from the History of the English Language class I took twentysome years ago.

  4. Remy said

    My turn. Factoid was originally coined by Norm Mailer to mean “fake fact”.

  5. Then I have used it incorrectly. How about “factette,” meaning “wee tidbit of a fact”?

  6. Remy said

    I was going to say that I’m a fan of language changing, but upon further research the “oid” suffix means “resembling, having the appearance of” which would not be a sharpening or improving of the language but a degradation.

    I consider myself in the Jacques Barzun school of language that desires clarity and resists a watering down of words.

  7. Hear, hear.

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