Posted by: Natalie | April 14, 2010

Word of the Day: Book


Word Origins:

The ancient Germanic people once upon a time, used ‘runes’ as the earliest writing system. It was not writing as we know it but simple carvings – therefore mainly straight lines and no curves. Runes would be carved on wood, stone, bones – anything solid enough for the craft. Typically, however, they were carved onto tablets of beechwood known as boks. It seems more than a coincidence that the ancient Germanic word for ‘beech’ was boka. Originally in Old English, boc was attributed to single document but by the 9th Century to was being applied to a set of documents sewn or bound together. This slowly developed to our own word ‘book’.

Urban Dictionary Definitions:

  1. an object used as a coaster, increase the hight of small children, or increase the stability of poorly built furniture.
  2. verb meaning to run or to leave in a hurry (do we think this contributor is thinking of the wrong word?)
  3. the first option given when trying to type ‘cool’ in a text message
  4. A source of information.
  5. If you need to look up the definition, you’ve obviously never picked one up in your life.
  6. 1000 hits of acid

Nat’s Definitions:

  • The thing I am trying to achieve.
  • Something in which to escape.
  • Useful as a missile during arguments.
  • An item that can cause more emotion than even the best made films.
  • household insulation.
  • A sign of personality dwelling in this place!

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