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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thought for the day: Silly actually means “blessed.”

Origin of the word, Silly according to Oxford Dictionary:

"late Middle English (in the sense 'deserving of pity or sympathy'): alteration of dialect seely 'happy', later 'innocent, feeble', from a West Germanic base meaning 'luck, happiness'. The sense 'foolish' developed via the stages 'feeble' and 'unsophisticated, ignorant.'"

Words, meanings and usages change all the time, and more so religious language in different cultures. Here is the full extract from a blog and source of this word, Silly:
Anyone who’s taken a linguistics class knows that “semantic drift” happens. It just does. If it didn’t, we’d all still be speaking Latin and Anglo Saxon. Vowels change, consonants drop off, lots of stuff happens to Language, capital L, over time. You know what word I could add to this list? “Silly.” Silly actually means “blessed.” Like: The silly Virgin Mary. Technically that’s true, but over the last several hundred years, the meaning has changed to mean, well, ‘silly’. So yeah, this article is silly. Words mean what they communicate, period. Anyone who says differently is selling something. -- A comment by Rick Widen  @ 10 Words That You've Probably Been Misusing, by Tyler Vendetti

On the same shelf:
  • 10 Things Americans Say… and What They Really Mean | Mind The Gap ...
  • Language Ambiguity: A Curse and a Blessing - SEAsite

  • Monday, July 15, 2013

    Israel’s National Library Exhibits 30 Ancient Koran Manuscripts to Celebrate Ramadan

    PS. Info courtesy, Arlene Marom

    Extract: Israel’s National Library has curated a special digital display of 30 rare Koran manuscripts that date from the 9th through the 19th centuries to mark the start last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. continue reading

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Google celebrates Ramadan

    Discover more ways to get together during Ramadan  @


    Experience live. The Grand Mosque of Makkah, 24/7


    Watch Medina live


    See also:

    Google celebrates Ramadan with livestream of the Islam’s most sacred building, the Kaabah, by John Koetsier @ VentureBeat
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