Posted by: Natalie | March 30, 2010

Word of the Day: Gate

Almost forgot today’s word of the day! But I was inspired by this choice due to the many people searching for “Gareth Gates” on my blog today (you are looking for my earlier post, “Do you hear the people sing?“). So today’s word is . . .


Word Origins:

Not a particularly adventurous word choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting now, does it?! There are two meanings to this word, one of which is far more prevalent than the other. ‘Gate’ we understand to mean something that acts like a door, an opening boundary of some kind, dates back to the Old English period. However ‘gate’ as in ‘a path’ is less familiar to us these days, and is reduced to being a term for roads and alike, particularly in the North of England; such as Deansgate in Manchester or Frairgate in Preston. This word did split however to give us ‘gait’ (a way of walking) which is also loosing it’s use.  Both these ‘gates’ derive from the Old Norse gata which meant ‘path’ or ‘a way of going’. So, there you go, something new everyday!

Urban Dictionary Definitions:

  1. A suffix used to denote a political scandal. Its use originated with the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.
  2. Denotes a place where drugs are sold, and is usually referred to places where the dealers live, most commonly houses or projects.
  3. this term is used by convicts from california, refering to it as the last gate you walk through to freedom.
  4. Bad, not cool, lame, weak.
  5. A term used to describe being denied or failing at a quest.

Nat’s Definition:

  • The thing I broke as a kid by swinging on it – ooops!
  • The huge, heavy metal runged opening, my Grandad would let me open and close as the cattle came in and out of the yard.
  • A single Gareth.
  • Something that blew down the first winter we moved here and took us nearly two years to replace.
  • Should be small, and white, with a little picket fence which is lined by spring flowers.
  • Guards the entrances to both Heaven and Hell.

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