Who’d have thought, on a triathletes’ forum, a section on language and linguistics. Well, I know that we’re all a clever bunch so here goes.
I’ve read loads on language and linguistics, how it has evolved since language formed (when the Roman’s started to drop an ‘r’ from the end of the verb, there was outrage, until that outrage died off, as it were, and the word evolved!)
Had me thinking of a phrase that my mates and I used when we were younger in 70s. Started off playing football, and when someone hit the ball really hard, they’d Muller’d it (named after the German footballer Gerd Muller - fogive the lack of umlaut, my ALT+0246 doesn’t work here). That evolved into another meaning, and I caught myself mumbling today when I was in my gym room “hmmmmmm, I’ve really Muller’d my shoulder”, meaning I’ve really hurt/damaged it! Odd.
Gender used to mean two different items, like many words, it’s now evolved in relation to male/female.
I should of known… I love that one, why pronounce an ‘h’ in have, when you don’t have to heh heh. I use have so must be old!
Have loads of other snippets but what local words do you still use?
I think each hobby also has it’s own language, especially in tri?