Iko iko wan dey: What do the words to that Mardi Gras song mean?
There are as many guesses about the meaning of this song as there are versions of it: Jock-a-mo means ... words or what they once meant. But it may well be that even from the very first chanting of the phrases, the Africans, Native Americans, French, and ...
What Does the Rx on Prescription Drugs Mean?
By the 1580s, the word "recipe" had been slightly modified in Middle French to récipé, and had come to mean ... to do this isn't known, but around the 17th century the practice started to catch on and it popularly continued in many parts of the English ...
In French-Speaking Canada, the Sacred Is Also Profane
So are other angry oaths that sound innocuous in English ... Christ that guy," to mean throwing a person violently. "I don't know any other language that does that so well," he said. The French here also modify the oaths into non-words, depending on ...
What does he mean by ‘I love you?’
The first time I realized emotion words may not mean the same in different languages was when he first told me “I love you”. I liked it, but I didn’t know what he meant. After all, people in English also ... the meaning of French “serenité ...
Why Is the Word the So Difficult to Define?
It's the most frequent word in the English language ... That's fundamental, isn't it? So what does "the," a word that seems to be supporting a significant portion of the entire weight of our language, mean? It must mean something, right?