|How old am I:||I am 23|
|Eyes:||I’ve got large hazel eyes|
|What is my hair:||Red|
|I like to drink:||Lager|
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The slang word nut in the singular is also frequent, but we note that in all the examples given above the plural nuts occurs. Nuts and genitalia have been compared for centuries. Too much knowledge may produce confusion, while ignorance is bliss.
As you may know, this is used occasionally in the UK to describe somebody who is outstanding. Sexual metaphors of this type are not too common, at least in English, despite the unstoppable stream of new words and their derivatives denoting genitalia and intercourse.
The exclamation nuts!
In etymological works, it is common to preface a hypothesis by a disclaimer to the effect that someone may have offered the same hypothesis, but the author is ignorant of it. But some exist.
Etymology should be left for dessert. If this is correct, spooning does have some relation if not to eating, then at least to licking.
Idioms and phrasal verbs
After such a promise our readers must have spent the middle of January in awful suspense. The semantic range of many slang words is often broad, but the multitude of senses attested for Engl.
I am obliged to do the same: my idea is so obvious, even trivial, that it must have occurred to anyone who wondered what nuts as in hazelnuts or peanuts have to do with either extreme pleasure or derangement. Mark Young 10 th May Or subscribe to articles in the subject area by or RSS. I have just discovered you blog, following an advert by Amazon for your book Word Origins — which I am about to buy. Such an exclamation can express any emotion.
I suggest that nuts emerged as a loose word for expressing a strong feeling: nuts! This looks like a plausible conclusion.
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So here goes. Enamored people see no drawbacks in the objects of their devotion.
We can now turn to spoon. Send your etymology question to him care of blog oup.
Origin of nut
German speakers, unless they are language historians, also think that their lovers are in some mysterious way connected with the utensil, but the association, if it exists, is indirect. However, in John T. Krumpelmann discovered that all the authors as given in the OED who used such words as spooneryspooninessspoonishspoonismand spoony in the first half of the 19 th century were in some way connected with Germany or the German language.
It was noticed as early as that Engl. His column on word origins, The Oxford Etymologistappears here, each Wednesday. Word Origins And How We Know Them.