By H.Lewis York
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Likewise, it's easy to see how, in the early eighteenth century, a scholar or a priest with an arcane knowledge of grammar— especially of Latin grammar—might seem like a magician to an uneducated peasant on the moors of Scotland. Thus, grammar—or glamour, as it was pronounced there—came to be associated with hocus-pocus. Indeed, even that latter term reflects the association of language and magic: hocuspocus, which appeared in the early seventeenth century, might very well be a corruption of a Latin phrase chanted during mass, hoc est corpus, meaning this is the body.
In origin, sugar derives not from an Indo-European source, but from a Semitic one, the Arabic sukkar, which is also the source of the German zucker. ) 51 Mark Morton Sweetheart dates back to the thirteenth century, sweetling to the mid seventeenth century, and sweetikins to the late sixteenth century: "She is such a honey sweetikins/' wrote Thomas Nashe in 1596. Powsoddy, a now obsolete name for a pudding, was also used as a hypocorism in the late sixteenth century, paralleling the affectionate use of the word pudding itself in our own century, though lovers usually alter the pronunciation to puddin.
Goats might also have inspired the use of the word horny, a synonym for lustful that emerged in the 1880s. More likely, however, the horn in question was that of a cow or bull, since horny seems to have developed from the slang use of horn to mean erect penis, and—in terms of shape—a bull's conical horn resembles a man's erection much more than the curlicue horn of a ram or goat. 48 Chapter Five My Swete Hurle Bawsy: Terms of Endearment At one end we have darling and at the other end snookums. Both words are terms of endearment, also known as hypocorisms, but they are separated by more than eleven centuries of love, loss, heartache and sex.
Amplifiers by H.Lewis York