Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Original Meaning

David Feldman's book "Who put butter in butterfly?" explains the original meaning of words. The book is interesting to read as it provides some smart-ass wits. I find his style is close to Lin Hang Tse's. The following are a few examples from the book:

G.I.: G.I. stands for government issued. As the US government issues the uniforms to their soldiers, therefore G.I. is equivalent to US soldiers.

Ladybug: The bug honoured with the title Lady. The bug is considered useful to humans because it eats "bad" insects.

R (in pharmacies): It is the Latin abbreviation for recipes.
Mistress (Mrs): Mrs is the abbreviation for mistress. In the past, mistress does not mean a concubine.

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