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The definition of “Words” spoken by man may not be the same as the definition assigned to those words by the Person who hears them . . . i.e. “Man In Black

Terms of Art” and “Phrases” are “Words of Art“; these are words and/or groups of words assigned specific meanings by a particular society i.e. Medical, Legal, Dental, R&D etc…

legalese (n.) Look up legalese at Dictionary.com“the language of legal documents,” 1914, from legal + language name ending -ese.

Example: Words offered by [a] man in court may be accepted as Terms by the Man in Black … and the more we speak, the more likely it is we will contradict ourselves without knowing we have done so thus leaving the Man in Black to determine what we intended by the utterances he heard. To avoid confusion, [a] man might hold his tongue and submit all he seeks to communicate to a court in written form.

For further study see:

“The Plain Meaning Rule and Other Ways to Cheat at Statutory Interpretation”

 “Weird Al” Yankovik – Word Crimes

The following words are listed as an example of how sloppy we have become in thought and speech which is then reflected in our inability to write.

idiotic (adj.) Look up idiotic at Dictionary.com1713, from Late Latin idioticus “uneducated, ignorant,” in classical Latin, “of an ordinary person,” from Greek idiotikosunprofessional, unskilled; not done by rules of art, unprofessional,” from idiotes (see idiot). Idiotical is from 1640s. Related: Idiotically.

idiot (n.) Look up idiot at Dictionary.comearly 14c., “person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning;” also in Middle English “simple man, uneducated person, layman” (late 14c.), from Old French idiote “uneducated or ignorant person” (12c.), from Latin idiota “ordinary person, layman; outsider,” in Late Latin “uneducated or ignorant person,” from Greek idiotes “layman, person lacking professional skill” (opposed to writer, soldier, skilled workman), literally “private person (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs),” used patronizingly for “ignorant person,” from idios “one’s own” (see idiom).

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain, c.1882]

novate (v.) Look up novate at Dictionary.com“to replace by something new,” 1610s, from past participle stem of Latin novare “to make new,” from novus “new” (see new).

novation (n.) Look up novation at Dictionary.com“replacement of an old obligation by a new one,” 1530s, from Latin novationem (nominative novatio) “a making new, renewal,” noun of action from past participle stem of novare “make new,” from novus “new” (see new).

word (n.) Look up word at Dictionary.comOld English word “speech, talk, utterance, sentence, statement, news, report, word,” from Proto-Germanic *wurdan (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian word, Dutch woord, Old High German, German wort, Old Norse orð, Gothic waurd), from PIE *were- (3) “speak, say” (see verb).

The meaning “promise” was in Old English, as was the theological sense. In the plural, the meaning “verbal altercation” (as in to have words with someone) dates from mid-15c. Word processor first recorded 1971; word processing is from 1972; word wrap is from 1977. A word to the wise is from Latin phrase verbum sapienti satis est “a word to the wise is enough.” Word-for-word is late 14c. Word of mouth is recorded from 1550s.

It is dangerous to leave written that which is badly written. A chance word, upon paper, may destroy the world. Watch carefully and erase, while the power is still yours, I say to myself, for all that is put down, once it escapes, may rot its way into a thousand minds, the corn become a black smut, and all libraries, of necessity, be burned to the ground as a consequence. [William Carlos Williams, “Paterson”]

word (v.) Look up word at Dictionary.comc.1200, “to utter;” 1610s, “put into words,” from word (n.). Related: Worded; wording.

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funny (adj.) Look up funny at Dictionary.comhumorous,” 1756, from fun + -y (2). Meaning “strange, odd” is 1806, said to be originally U.S. Southern. The two senses of the word led to the retort question funny ha-ha or funny peculiar,” which is attested from 1916. Related: Funnier; funniest. Funny farm “mental hospital” is slang from 1962. Funny bone “elbow end of the humerus” is 1826; funnies “newspaper comic strips” is from 1852.

guest (n.) Look up guest at Dictionary.comOld English gæst, giest (Anglian gest)guest; enemy; stranger,” the common notion being “stranger,” from Proto-Germanic *gastiz (cognates: Old Frisian jest, Dutch gast, German Gast, Gothic gasts “guest,” originally “stranger”), from PIE root *ghos-ti-stranger, guest; host” (cognates: Latin hostisenemy,” hospes “host” — from *hosti-potis “host, guest,” originally “lord of strangers” — Greek xenos “guest, host, stranger;” Old Church Slavonic gosti “guest, friend,” gospodi “lord, master”); the root sense, according to Watkins, probably is “someone with whom one has reciprocal duties of hospitality,” representing “a mutual exchange relationship highly important to ancient Indo-European society.” But as strangers are potential enemies as well as guests, the word has a forked path.


robbery (n.) Look up robbery at Dictionary.comc.1200, from Old French roberie “robbery, theft,” from rober “to rob” (see rob).

larceny (n.) Look up larceny at Dictionary.comlate 15c., with -y (3) + Anglo-French larcin (late 13c.), from Old French larrecin, larcin “theft, robbery” (11c.), from Latin latrocinium “robbery, freebooting, highway-robbery, piracy,” from latro “robber, bandit,” also “hireling, mercenary,” ultimately from a Greek source akin to latron “pay, hire, wages,” from a suffixed form of PIE root *le- (1) “to get.”

rapine (n.) Look up rapine at Dictionary.comearly 15c., “plunder,” from Middle French rapine (12c.), from Latin rapina “act of robbery, plundering, pillage,” from rapere “seize, carry off, rob” (see rapid).

theft (n.) Look up theft at Dictionary.commid-13c., from Old English þeofð (West Saxon þiefð) “theft,” from Proto-Germanic *theubitho (cognates: Old Frisian thiufthe, Old Norse þyfð), from *theubaz “thief” (see thief) + abstract formative suffix *-itha (cognate with Latin -itatem; see -th (2)).

farm (v.) Look up farm at Dictionary.commid-15c., “to rent (land),” from Anglo-French fermer, from ferme (see farm (n.)). The agricultural sense is from 1719. Original sense is retained in to farm out.

farm (n.) Look up farm at Dictionary.comc.1300, “fixed payment (usually in exchange for taxes collected, etc.), fixed rent,” from Old French ferme “rent, lease,” from Medieval Latin firma “fixed payment,” from Latin firmare “to fix, settle, confirm, strengthen,” from firmus “firm” (see firm (adj.)).

Sense of “tract of leased land” is first recorded early 14c.; that of “cultivated land” (leased or not) is 1520s. Phrase buy the farm “die in battle,” is at least from World War II, perhaps a cynical reference to the draftee’s dream of getting out of the war and going home, in many cases to a peaceful farmstead. But fetch the farm is prisoner slang from at least 1879 for “get sent to the infirmary,” with reference to the better diet and lighter duties there.

farmer (n.) Look up farmer at Dictionary.comlate 14c., “one who collects taxes, etc.,” from Anglo-French fermer, French fermier, from Medieval Latin firmarius, from firma (see farm (n.)). In the agricultural sense, 1590s, replacing native churl and husbandman.

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court (n.) Look up court at Dictionary.comlate 12c., from Old French cort (11c., Modern French cour) “king’s court, princely residence,” from Latin cortem, accusative of cors (earlier cohors) “enclosed yard,” and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia “sovereign’s assembly”), “those assembled in the yard; company, cohort,” from com- “together” (see com-) + stem hort- related to hortus “garden, plot of ground” (see yard (n.1)). Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally).

courtier (n.) Look up courtier at Dictionary.comearly 13c., from Anglo-French *corteour, from Old French cortoiier “to be at court, live at court” (see court (n.)).

prosecutor (n.) Look up prosecutor at Dictionary.com1590s, from Medieval Latin prosecutor, agent noun from prosequi (see prosecute). Specific legal sense of “one who brings a case in a court of law” is from 1620s; earlier such a person was a promoter (late 15c.). Related: Prosecutorial.

Term + of + Art

offer (n.) Look up offer at Dictionary.comearly 15c., from Old French ofre “act of offering; offer, proposition” (12c.), verbal noun from offrir (see offer (v.)). The native noun formation is offering.

offer (v.) Look up offer at Dictionary.comOld English ofrian “to offer, show, exhibit, sacrifice, bring an oblation,” from Latin offerre “to present, bestow, bring before” (in Late Latin “to present in worship”), from ob “to” (see ob-) + ferre “to bring, to carry” (see infer). The Latin word was borrowed elsewhere in Germanic: Old Frisian offria, Middle Dutch offeren, Old Norse offra. Non-religious sense reinforced by Old French offrir “to offer,” from Latin offerre. Related: Offered; offering.

offering (n.) Look up offering at Dictionary.comlate Old English offrung “the presenting of something to a deity; a thing so presented,” verbal noun from offrian (see offer (v.)). Of presentations to a person from mid-15c.; to the public from 1834.

Good + Faith

rule + of + law

act – of – kindness

claim (n.) Look up claim at Dictionary.comearly 14c., “a demand of a right; right of claiming,” from Old French claime “claim, complaint,” from clamer (see claim (v.)). Meaning “thing claimed or demanded” is from 1792; specifically “piece of land allotted and taken” (chiefly U.S. and Australia, in reference to mining) is from 1851. Insurance sense is from 1878.

claim (v.) Look up claim at Dictionary.comc.1300, “to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority,” from accented stem of Old French clamer “to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare,” from Latin clamare “to cry out, shout, proclaim,” from PIE *kele- (2) “to shout,” imitative (compare Sanskrit usakala “cock,” literally “dawn-calling;” Latin calare “to announce solemnly, call out;” Middle Irish cailech “cock;” Greek kalein “to call,” kelados “noise,” kledon “report, fame;” Old High German halan “to call;” Old English hlowan “to low, make a noise like a cow;” Lithuanian kalba “language”). Related: Claimed; claiming.

Meaning “to maintain as true” is from 1864; specific sense “to make a claim” (on an insurance company) is from 1897. Claim properly should not stray too far from its true meaning of “to demand recognition of a right.”

claimant (n.) Look up claimant at Dictionary.com1747, from claim (v.), on model of appellant, defendant, etc., or from French noun use of present participle of clamer.

plaintiff (n.) Look up plaintiff at Dictionary.comc.1400, from Anglo-French pleintif (late 13c.), noun use of Old French plaintif “complaining; wretched, miserable,” from plainte (see plaint). Identical with plaintive at first; the form that receded into legal usage retained the older -iff spelling.

Chevy (n.) Look up Chevy at Dictionary.comby 1938, popular form of Chevrolet, U.S. automobile brand, which was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William Durant in 1911; acquired by General Motors in 1917.

 corvette (n.) Look up corvette at Dictionary.com1630s, also corvet, from French corvette “small, fast frigate” (15c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch korver “pursuit ship,” or Middle Low German korf meaning both a kind of boat and a basket, or from Latin corbita (navis) “slow-sailing ship of burden, grain ship” from corbis “basket” (Gamillscheg is against this). The U.S. sports car was so named September 1952, after the warship, on a suggestion by Myron Scott, employee of Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet’s advertising agency. Italian corvetta, Spanish corbeta are French loan-words.

beef (v.) Look up beef at Dictionary.com“to complain,” slang, 1888, American English, from noun meaning “complaint” (1880s). The noun meaning “argument” is recorded from 1930s. The origin and signification are unclear; perhaps it traces to the common late 19c. complaint of U.S. soldiers about the quantity or quality of beef rations.

argue (v.) Look up argue at Dictionary.comc.1300, “to make reasoned statements to prove or refute a proposition,” from Old French arguer “maintain an opinion or view; harry, reproach, accuse, blame” (12c.), from Latin argutare “to prattle, prate,” frequentative of arguer “make clear, make known, prove, declare, demonstrate,” from PIE *argu-yo-, from root *arg- “to shine, be white, bright, clear” (see argent). Meaning “to oppose, dispute” is from late 14c. Related: Argued; arguing.

argument (n.) Look up argument at Dictionary.comearly 14c., “statements and reasoning in support of a proposition,” from Old French arguement “reasoning, opinion; accusation, charge” (13c.), from Latin argumentum “evidence, ground, support, proof; a logical argument,” from arguere “to argue” (see argue). Sense passed through “subject of contention” to “a quarrel,” a sense formerly attached to argumentation.

you (pron.) Look up you at Dictionary.comOld English eow, dative and accusative plural of þu (see thou), objective case of ge, “ye” (see ye), from Proto-Germanic *juz-, *iwwiz (cognates: Old Norse yor, Old Saxon iu, Old Frisian iuwe, Middle Dutch, Dutch u, Old High German iu, iuwih, German euch), from PIE *yu, second person (plural) pronoun.

Pronunciation of you and the nominative form ye gradually merged from 14c.; the distinction between them passed out of general usage by 1600. Widespread use of French in England after 12c. gave English you the same association as French vous, and it began to drive out singular nominative thou, originally as a sign of respect (similar to the “royal we”) when addressing superiors, then equals and strangers, and ultimately (by c.1575) becoming the general form of address. Through 13c. English also retained a dual pronoun ink “you two; your two selves; each other.”

debt (n.) Look up debt at Dictionary.comlate 13c., dette, from Old French dete, from Latin debitum “thing owed,” neuter past participle of debere “to owe,” originally, “keep something away from someone,” from de- “away” (see de-) + habere “to have” (see habit (n.)). Restored spelling after c.1400.

debtor (n.) Look up debtor at Dictionary.comearly 13c., dettur, dettour, from Old French detour, from Latin debitor “a debter,” from past participle stem of debere; see debt. The -b- was restored in later French, and in English c.1560-c.1660. The KJV has detter three times, debter three times, debtor twice and debtour once.

debenture (n.) Look up debenture at Dictionary.com“written acknowledgment of a debt,” early 15c., from Latin debentur “there are due” (said to have been the first word in formal certificates of indebtedness), passive present third person plural of debere “to owe” (see debt).

finance (n.) Look up finance at Dictionary.comc.1400, “an end, settlement, retribution,” from Middle French finance “ending, settlement of a debt” (13c.), noun of action from finer “to end, settle a dispute or debt,” from fin (see fine (n.)). Compare Medieval Latin finis “a payment in settlement, fine or tax.”

The notion is of “ending” (by satisfying) something that is due (compare Greek telos “end;” plural tele “services due, dues exacted by the state, financial means”). The French senses gradually were brought into English: “ransom” (mid-15c.), “taxation” (late 15c.); the sense of “management of money” first recorded in English 1770.

harm (n.) Look up harm at Dictionary.comOld English hearm “hurt, evil, grief, pain, insult,” from Proto-Germanic *harmaz (cognates: Old Saxon harm, Old Norse harmr, Old Frisian herm “insult; pain,” Old High German harm, German Harm “grief, sorrow, harm”), from PIE *kormo- “pain.”

injury (n.) Look up injury at Dictionary.comlate 14c., “harm, damage, loss; a specific injury,” from Anglo-French injurie “wrongful action,” from Latin injuria “wrong, hurt, injustice, insult,” noun use of fem. of injurius “wrongful, unjust,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + ius (genitive iuris) “right, law” (see jurist).

injure (v.) Look up injure at Dictionary.commid-15c., “do an injustice to, dishonor,” probably a back-formation from injury, or else from Middle French injuriier, from Latin injurare. Injury also served as a verb (late 15c.). Related: Injured; injuring.

offense (n.) Look up offense at Dictionary.comlate 14c., “hurt, harm, injury, pain,” from Old French ofense “offense, insult, wrong” (13c.) and directly from Latin offensa “an offense, injury, affront, crime,” literally “a striking against,” noun use of fem. past participle of offendere (see offend). Meaning “action of attacking” and “feeling of being hurt” are both first recorded c.1400. Sense of “breach of the law, transgression” is first recorded late 14c. Sporting sense first recorded 1894.

loss (n.) Look up loss at Dictionary.comOld English los “loss, destruction,” from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (see lose). The modern word, however, probably evolved 14c. with a weaker sense, from lost, the original past participle of lose. Phrase at a loss (1590s) originally refers to hounds losing the scent. To cut (one’s) losses is from 1885, originally in finance.

publican (n.) Look up publican at Dictionary.comc.1200, “tax-gatherer,” from Old French publician (12c.), from Latin publicanus “a tax collector,” noun use of an adjective, “pertaining to public revenue,” from publicum “public revenue,” noun use of neuter of publicus (see public (adj.)). Original sense in Matt. xviii:17, etc.; meaning “keeper of a pub” first recorded 1728, from public (house) + -an.








5 thoughts on “Word Nerdz”

  1. Where is the word SHALL ?

  2. Drive (verb): from PIE root *dhreibh- “to drive, push.” Original sense of “pushing from behind”.. Do we drive car or automobiles ? No we are _____ by car (front traction).. therefore not driven by.

    • No man ‘DRIVES’, only an operator is allowed to ‘drive’… man simply enjoys the day and moves about with or without her property. No creation of man has authority to compel man to do anything with her property without just compensation…. REMEMBER: it is “self-evident” that “all ‘men’ are created equal” – and – “Lincoln freed the slaves”……… on another note, can someone show me the law that requires a man to understand legalese or the customs of the legal society and it’s CODES, STATUTES, RULES and ORDINANCE, … without being compensated for all the work it takes to learn such nonsense?

    • i agree with Karl: “The law is just an opinion” (Episode 39 – http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=134084&cmd=tc)
      Sometimes it is a common opinion, and at other times it can be an “Ecclesiastical”, “Legislative”, “Sharia” or “Admiralty” opinion … and i agree with the people of New Hampshire that at all times, these opinions are only valid when “necessary for the good administration of government” (see Article 38 of the New Hampshire), a government which exist to secure the Rights of ‘men’ (See the unanimous Declaration of Independance…)

      I believe [319 US 624] these opinions can not legitimately be forced upon man without each man’s individual consent. For further study on this see Jeremiah 31:31-36 to understand the roots of New Hampshire’s Bill of Rights, Article 4 “Rights of Conscience” (http://www.nh.gov/constitution/billofrights.html)

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