June 30, 2020
originally posted Dec 23, 2019
Fun With Words
All of the info comes from the book The Weird World of Words by Mitchell Symons.
A word that changed its meaning over time: Artificial – originally meaning ‘full of artistic skill’
A red herring is something of an irrelevance, something to distract attention from important matters.
“In the 19th century, a red herring was another name for smoked herring or kipper. During a hunt, if someone wanted to distract the hounds from following the scent of an animal, they would put down a kipper (red herring).” This would work extremely well, in fact, when training, the huntsman would use red herring so their dogs would learn to ignore the stronger smell.
It’s not hard to see how the term would be used to describe the “laying of false claims”.
Did you know…?
“Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.” ~ Theodore Dreiser
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