Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Idiotic Mighty Hunter
I like to ponder the meaning of words. I am not an educated philologist but I am into orgins and the true meaning of names. I wrote up an extensive glossary of names I use in my historical/speculative novel which alas will not be in Heroes of the Fallen-perhaps its sequel Blood of Our Fathers we shall see.
So I was pondering the use of NIMROD in popular culture, anyone outside of Church uses it as Idiot, Moron, Fool etc, I think it all goes back to Bugs Bunny calling Elmer Fudd-Nimrod as a sarcastic dig because the Bible says Nimrod was a mighty hunter-which Fudd is surely not. So as a gag it has grown until it lost the original meaning from a sarcastic comment.
Any other names or words that have lost their original meanings?