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  4 months ago

The latest taboo word

"Cower" - to shrink back in fear, recoil, flinch, back away.

Sajid Javid has been forced to apologise for saying that we should not cower from this virus but must learn to live with it. This has been described as 'insulting to those who have shielded or stayed at home to protect society' but what really took my breath away was when this spokesperson added 'implying that people were too cowardly to fight the virus'.

Oh for heavens sake, yes the two words start with the same three letters "cow" but that is their only connection.

The word 'cower' derives from from 14th century Middle Low German *kuren "lie in wait" (Modern German kauern), or similar Scandinavian words meaning "to squat" and "to doze" (such as Old Norse kura, Danish, Norwegian kure, Swedish kura).

The word 'coward' comes from 13th century Anglo-French couard, couart, Old French coart "coward".

Just as the words 'assassin' and 'associate' are unrelated to a donkey, these two words are as related to each other as they are to the bovine animal - not at all.


  4 months ago


  4 months ago
Minnie, this topic seems to have caused some serious comments below. I know nothing about this story but, from what you have said, some anorak (Google the alternative meaning of that if necessary) with nothing better to do has just tried to make a mountain out of a molehill. Whether it was the press who picked up on that, I don't know. I'll say no more.


  4 months ago
It’s only those that think we should be locked down forever that are probably offended! There seem to be plenty of them!!!


  4 months ago
People in the public eye need to stop apologising to a tiny minority of easily offended wastes of space on social media.


  4 months ago
It's odd how everyday words have become offensive Minnie , isn't it ?


  4 months ago
If you need to check the origin of a word it's never been easier, which proves yet again that as technology advances the human race seems to be regressing at an alarming rate!


  4 months ago
Very Interesting Minnie. I refer to the word Assassin. I have no idea where the word derived from originally, but the first assassins seem to stem from a sect of the Nizari branch of Ismaili Muslims at the time of the Crusades, when the newly established sect ruled part of northern Persia (1094–1256). They were renowned as militant fanatics, and were popularly reputed to use hashish before going on assassination missions.
It is therefore of no surprise that the very first Assassin's Creed title was set during the 3rd Crusade. In fact one meets up and saves the life of King Richard The Lionheart. Because you saved his life he gives you a head start to clear the area, after that, because you are an assassin, his men will be instructed to hack you to pieces without a seconds hesitation if they find you.


  4 months ago
Well most of you lot on here voted these shower of .bas..'..s in
sorry .hazards:) in Minnie .!!!
.....reap as you sow ! or reap what you sow
Take as you find them bad lingo or not !
Hes right of course for jes** sake !!!!
we have to live with it , but be careful and cautious to in our daily comings and goings !


  4 months ago
I actually agree with him i will never cower from anything or anyone . fear is my ememy it causes stress which causes illness in your body. it is a vicious circle I will stand firm in what I believe and will not fear


  4 months ago
Interesting. I’m afraid I would have assumed that both words stem from the same root. That would make for a good quiz question.
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