Monday, May 27, 2013

Word of the Week - Nose

I love these words with a long history. =) To mix things up today, I'm going to present this one as a
list. Wanna take a guess as to which one I was looking up for the end of my spy story? LOL

Primary use (you know, the part of your face) - Old English
Used of any prominent or projecting part - 1530s.
To say something is under (one's) nose "in plain view" - 1540s
(verb) to perceive the smell of - 1570s
something obvious - 1590s.
Pay through the nose (bleed) - 1670s
(verb) to pry, search - 1640s
To turn up one's nose, "show disdain"  - 1818 (earlier hold up one's nose, 1570s)
Odor, scent (the nose of a perfume) - 1894
Many extended meanings are from the horse-racing sense of length of a horse's nose, as a measure of distance between two finishers - 1908
(verb) to look down one's nose - 1921


  1. Oh my ... and I thought "nose" was just the name of the thing on my face which appreciates the scent of lilac, especially, at this time of year! :)

    I'm guessing that nose as in pry and search was your interest in this case.

    I hope your work continues to be blessed as you keep researching and writing! :)

  2. Wow, who would have thought! I love it when I read something I would never have learned on my own without prompting. LOL :)
    Susan P