THREAD NAVIGATION:
Where am I? Original message Top of thread Current page
Displays all thread messages Displays thread map That to which this responds This thread's lead message Your most recent Tavern page

That sort of construction has increased in popularity over the past 1015 years
06/18/2019, 19:53:55

    Peter2 writes:

    It used to be very common to hear something like "I had a seriously good time", where "seriously" means "very".

    Also, I have seen the word "aweful" used in the sense of awe-inspiring, but if my memory serves me rightly, it was in an 18th-century description of the then newly rebuilt St Paul's Cathedral. "Aweful" with that spelling is not given in the dictionary that I use most often (Chambers Dictionary), but it does give awe-inspiring as an alternative meaning for "awful".

    Archaisms still do appear in English, especially in names. For example, there is a church in a district of Chester which is frequently referred to as "St. Mary without the walls". In this case "without" means "outside", it does not mean that the Church lacks walls!





Reply to this message Back to the Tavern

Replies to this message