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10 Interesting Word & Phrase Facts

TODAY I FOUND OUT A ΟTODAΥ I FOUND 10 OUT.COM INTERESTING WORD & PHRASE Vol.26 FACTS secant secret se'cant, st'cant, a. intersecting; dividing secanit-), cut. se'cant, n. Ma curve or figure or its repres see'ce, sec formed paintin se-eed dray came to теап Homosexual3 Cutti osition) or mechanical (as by inning, and the like. 6. econdaries. 7. Elec. d current or its cir- the secondary ng in the Meso- ly called the darius, < Gay' The word "gay" seems to have its origins around the 12th century in England, derived from the Old French word 'gai', which in turn was probably derived from a Germanic word, though that isn't completely known. The word's original meaning meant something to the effect of "joyful", "carefree", "full of mirth", or “bright and showy". However, around the early parts of the 17th century, the word began to be associated with immorality. By the mid 17th century, according to an Oxford dictionary definition at the time, the meaning of the word had changed to mean "addicted to pleasures and dissipations. Often euphemistically: Of How ratght t the loose and immoral life". This is an extension of one of the original meanings of "carefree", meaning more or less uninhibited. Fast-forward to the 19th century and the word gay referred to a woman who was a prostitute and a gay man was someone who slept with a lot of women, often prostitutes. Also at this time, the phrase "gay it" meant to have sex. Around the 1920s and 1930s however, the word started to have a new meaning. In terms of the sexual meaning of the word, a "gay man" no longer just meant a man who had sex with a lot of women, but now started to refer to men who had sex with other men. By 1955 the word gay now officially acquired the new added definition of meaning homosexual males. Gay men themselves, seem to have been behind the driving thrust for this new definition as they felt (and most still do), that/ “homosexual" is much too clinical sounding and is often thought as offensive among gay people due to sounding like a disorder. Reportedly, homosexual men were calling one another gay as early as the 1920s. Em- re. 4. of liahed chure and the Ualtesta hand Napoleon. Villa Franca st. . of the seceding members of the Union -Ne-ces'sion-ism of весевніоn. se-ces'slon-ist, s-sesh'un-lat in or favors secession; in the United S tains the right of a State to withdraw fro applied specifically to those who alded or favored the outhern States in 1800- the new Munich school of " Impressionist "Artista. see'ond-hand", n., 1 he hand that marks seconds on mess whose testimony at which has been naed or Imitation of something else. Fetallers of the second-hand in stvle, the a to make a selection difficult: they ineet us step in the history of the Art. CALLATON Leeturen N Art lect. v, p. 160. (D. a SCR. '0.1 0-05: used also adjectively. 2. commonly known as “T elock or a watch. See wATCIn. see'ondshand"t. einet, Bot. see'und-lI, adv. In se-ces'sivet, a. Detached; separate sechet, et. & e. To seek, sel chl'no, s-kt'no, N. chiste', 'shist, atly with the Same as s second place In or- DINK. see'ounde-lyt. It all started with U.S. soldiers stationed in England during WWI. The toilets in England at the time were predominately made by the company "Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd", with the (It.) Mus. The second part in con- la planoforte duet; also, the per ompare PRIMO t. I. a. Second in quality. econd-class. II, n. That d-claeW to elale nce, attrib- ons, and alleged to nd to discern events the second sight. N. A secret, or ade. Secretly. Why the Toilet is company's name appearing on the toilets. The soldiers took to calling toilets "The Crapper" and condition or bidden con- tary move- haracter or enacity in at secrecy. solitude. the same brought that slang term for the toilet back with them to the United States. Interestingly, the word "crap" does not o derive from "Crapper". The origins of the word "crap" is not entirely known, but it is known that it was commonly used in England to refer to rubbish or chaff, but fell out of use in the 16th century, long before Thomas Crapper and his company came along. The term "crap" was still used somewhat in America though, coming over pre-16th century from JAS, M.) en from except cret in- t imme- et opera- be seen; pt; as, the retired. enly alive to aunts CON- England, and it is thought that one of the reasons American soldiers seemed to universally take to calling the toilet "The Crapper" is they found it funny with "crap" meaning something to the effect of "refuse" and that PPA 196. (CAS. Co.) keeping one's Asečretive. when trusted. Body act iv, se. 4. becretus, pp. of se- most of the cisterns and toilets in England were muitit stamped with "T. Crapper & Co Ltd". It was Preposi se-c ironical to them, though the joke was lost se-clu'siv. se-elu'sive, on sion; secluding o L sectusus; sece sCL sec"lu-so'ri-um, se'cant, si'cant, a. Cutting, intersecting; dividing; an, a secant secan(t-), cut.l. se'cant, n. Math. 1. A straight line that intersects a curve or figure. 2. One of the trigonometrical funetions or its representation as a line. See see'co, see'co. (It.] I. a. Literally, 4, covered, covert, fur- , obseure, occult, pri- unrevealed, unseen, velfed. abovebourd, apparent, ev- us, plain, transparent, uncon- had long the English who stopped using the "crap". term ealed letters not Intended for the letters patent.-s. block (aut.), a by decomposition) or mechanical (as by said of cleavage, twinning, and the like. 6. rnith. of or pertaining to the secondaries. 7. Elec. Of, pertaining to, or noting an induced current or its cir- ninlly in an induction-coil; as, the secondary longing to or occurring in the Meso- ng been formerly called the

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