Monday, August 27, 2012

Word of the Week - Wow

This is a short one, but surprising. I always thought of wow as a modern word. So when I looked it up, I was shocked to see that it's from 1510!

Wow is a Scottish interjection, one of those that arise from a natural sound we make when surprised by something. Much like whoa, ow, ouch, huh, and the like.

It became a verb in more modern days, though--we only started wowing people in the 1920s, originating in America. ;-)

But in my defense, it's a word that waxed and waned in popularity. It apparently took on new life in the early 1900s after being not so in use prior, and then had another surge in the 1960s. Which has carried through to now.

And of course, had led to one of my four-year-old's favorite sayings: Wowwy-zowwy-coppa-bowwy! (Or however one would spell that...)

2 comments:

  1. I'll bet you won't be surprised at what I say when I saw that 1510 date. :::roll:: - Wow (and the humor was NOT intended!)

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  2. I am still in shock. I cannot believe that this word is that old! Oh my, my, how much there is to learn!

    Rowyn says that? How adorable! Is he (and Xoe) enjoying school?

    Thanks for the post. And for sending me that list. Thanks!

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