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Word play

I thought this the other day, and my wife tried her best to ignore me.

---Isn't it odd that the familiar meaning to smite is:

To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon.
To drive or strike (a weapon, for example) forcefully onto or into something else.
To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows.
To afflict retributively; chasten or chastise.

---yet, the familiar meaning to the word smitten is:

adj 1: (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming; "conscience-smitten"; "awe-struck" [syn: stricken, struck] 2: marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness; "she was crazy about him"; "gaga over the rock group's new album"; "he was infatuated with her" [syn: crazy, dotty, gaga, enamored, infatuated, in love, soft on(p), taken with(p)]


Okay, doesn't connect yet...

Smitten is actually a A past participle of smite. So, someone smitten with sickness doesn't mean they are having a crush on sickness, it means that they are afflicted with sickness.

I am amused by the fact that common socal use of the word smitten has deviated from its actual meaning. GO ahead, ask someone what it means to be "smitten". Most people will associate the word with a good, lovey-dubby description.

Is there anything wrong with this? Nope. Just an interesting play between word usage and sociology I guess.

have a good day.

enjoy your new pope if you so wish.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
"smitten" is coming back like a bad 90's fad....
i think the new pope should change his name to Benedict 5000.

Apr. 23rd, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: "smitten" is coming back like a bad 90's fad....
Is he a machine from the future sent to our time to kill someone in the Vatican?
Apr. 25th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: "smitten" is coming back like a bad 90's fad....
ha....the vatican is for closet homo's......yesssss.
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