November 15, 2011

Disgust was born in France!

From here.
Over at the BBC News Magazine, Megan Lane has an interesting article about the word “disgust.” It’s a relatively new word, one that William Shakespeare never used.

“Disgust” came into the English language in 1601. Its root is the Old French word "desgouster". But it took “disgust” another 200 years to get popular with disgusted speakers.

A language expert named Gerry Breslin says that when disgust is said properly, it gives off a fine sound of outrage:
“The s sounds and the harsh g and final t help to make it a very sonorous and impactful word.”
Example: “The Big Book of Gross Stuff curses the reader with a strong sense of diSS-GusT!”

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