Language: The Nature Of Language In The Modern English Language

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Child Conjecture Language is a unique entity that changes and grows with a people. It behaves like a living thing; the nature of language is to develop along with the culture of those whom it serves. The growth and development of many words can be traced from modern usage to their original meanings. Child has one such intrepid history. The word child first emerged in the Old English language and its meanings have changed over time. Child appears in the Bible, in Shakespeare’s work, and in Spenser’s poetry. This word has also been used by William Wordsworth, as well as appearing in the magazine Good Housekeeping. The original origin of child is found in Old English, the Anglo Saxon language. The Anglo Saxon spelling was cild. It was first…show more content…
While this interpretation is still applicable in modern English, child most commonly means “a young person” (The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus 93), in the present day. The word child can also mean “a young person of either sex below the age of puberty; a boy or girl” (OED 113). The term is likewise extended to youths approaching or entering upon manhood and to pupils at school (OED 113). Some synonyms include bud, juvenile, and kid, as well as youngling, young one, youngster, and youth (The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus 93). Antonyms of child are adult or grown-up, or one who has reached maturity. Child as slang would be used in a condescending manner with the intention of chastisement for the immature or inappropriate behavior of an individual. Age often is not taken into account when child is used to reprimand. An unusual phrase that includes the word is brain child. A brain child is “any product of one’s intellect or imagination, as a plan, invention, work of art, or the like” (Dictionary of American Slang 60). Original thought or an idea is a brain child. Another meaning for the phrase is a child prodigy: an excessively studious or intelligent individual who is typically of a young age. Other phrases that can refer to child are small fry and young hopeful (The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus 93). Small fry can refer to perceived literal or figurative unimportance that can be associated…show more content…
“––– A simple child, that lightly draws its breath, and feels its life in every limb, what should it know of death?” (Familiar Quotations 372). Child refers to a juvenile. It means that a young person, living in his or her youth, should not be familiar with death as a concept nor as a percept. An abstract idea of death nor a concrete example of death would be appropriate at an early age. Knowledge of this nature will be known inevitably, but it is best to maintain the innocence of young people while it is still possible. Seeking out the best interests of the youth is a goal shared by both William Wordsworth and modern

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