Etymology and Analysis of the Word Burn

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Words have so many different meanings. Just pick up a dictionary to discover the many different meanings of the same word. Have you ever wondered where the meaning of the word originated? Maybe you have asked what a word means when another has used it out of context. How did one word come to mean so many different things? This paper will allow me to explore the definition of burn and where it originated. I will also discover how it has changed over the years and what the definition is today. Slang is the key reason words take on new meaning. A teenage girl may say a guy is hot! This does not mean he is sweating, it means he is good looking. This is an example of slang. People familiar with slang will understand this…show more content…
in seventeen hundred ninety-two, Jeremy Belknap writes, “Much depends on getting what is called a good burn, to prepare the ground for planting.” For definition 1d. Heron Carvic writes, “A slow burn began inside Bob.” To explain definition 1e. In nineteen hundred forty-one G. Jeffery wrote, “I just sat there, having a burn, dressed to go home.” The explanation for 2a. Is written by Sir Walter Scott in eighteen hundred twenty, “A fat bullock..somewhat ken-speckle, and is marked both with cut and birn.” 3a’s. explanation was written by Leigh Hunt in eighteen hundred thirty-five, “Lo! the earth went round To the burn of their speed with a golden sound.” Finally the explanation for 3b. was written by Rollin Stone magazine in nineteen hundred seventy-seven, “The nonstop, trans-Texas burn was 800 miles and Aykroyd took it in 16 hours.” (Oxford English Dictionary). As you can see there are several meanings for the word burn. By reviewing all the different definitions, one can see how the word changed to mean someone was wrong, or they lost an argument. To be burning mad is a way to describe frustration. When a person gets in an argument and loses, they can become frustrated at the situation. Hence, burn becomes the word to say to describe this feeling. To burn someone can mean

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