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Some etymological true facts from the American Heritage Dictionary of the English language:

Derivatives of Indo-European roots have often acquired starkly contrasting meanings. A prime example is the case of the root *k–, “to like, desire.” From it was derived a stem *kro–, from which came the prehistoric Common Germanic word *hraz with the underlying meaning “one who desires” and the effective meaning “adulterer.” The feminine of this, *hrn–, became hre in Old English, the ancestor of Modern English whore. In another branch of the Indo-European family, the same stem *kro– produced the Latin word crus, “dear.” This word has several derivatives borrowed into English, including caress, cherish, and charity, in Christian doctrine the highest form of love and the greatest of the theological virtues. •Another derivative of the root *k in Indo-European was *kmo–, a descendant of which is the Sanskrit word for “love,” kma, appearing in the name of the most famous treatise on love and lovemaking, the Kamasutra.

"Contrast" depends on the settings you've chosen for that particular plug-in, no doubt.

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8 Comments:

Fascinating.

What's the plug-in? Doesn't work in IE or FF for me.

-M

By Blogger Mithras, at January 14, 2005 6:33 PM  

Irony?

By Blogger John Psmyth, at January 14, 2005 6:47 PM  

Oops, I was being literal-minded.

In the third to last line of the definition, there appears to be an object that fails to load in both IE and FF. I misunderstood "plug-in" as referring to that object. Whatever it is.

By Blogger Mithras, at January 14, 2005 8:10 PM  

Mithras:

Ironies multiply!

Thanks, I fixed the bad path. The characters are done with graphics, and one of them wasn't loading.

By Blogger John Psmyth, at January 15, 2005 1:11 PM  

Indeed. With one setting, whore/caritas from the same root appears to be an oxymoron. With another setting, it's an axiom. From all sides, the irony is beautiful.

There is a god(dess).

DTG xxoo

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Or not.

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