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Subject: Re: sussing out "suss out" Date: 12/22/2012 10:18 AM
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"The Oxford English Dictionary has similar citations for “suss” (often spelled “sus”), meaning “suspicion,” “suspicious,” “suspect,” or “suspected,” and gives published references dating from the 1930s. The noun meaning know-how or understanding dates from the 1970s in the OED citations."


It's interesting how language evolves isn't it? The etymology of language ( I think that'st the word?) or origins is especially interesting because it helps trace back our roots, to help us figure out where we came from, who we are related to, and how long ago it's been since our ancestors were Turkish farmers in Central Asia or nomadic hunter gatherers on the plains of Europe or Celtic warriors in Northern Europe.

And the English language continues to evolve and probably always will.

One more thing, I remember a statement my Church of Christ father in law made one time about the word "gay". He was distraught because he said that homosexuals had ruined it. He said, "Gay used to be a good word!" To be gay meant to be happy and cheerful. Now when we hear it we automatically think "homosexual male." Funny how words change isn't it?

Which brings me around to reading 2,000 year old prose. There is really no telling what people 2,000 years ago thought or believed about the stories in the New Testament. The words may mean something entirely different to them them they they do to us. We may think they believed one thing and the truth is that it meant something entirely different to them. I suspect that they were a much more superstitious and "magic and supernatural" believing people. Ghosts, spirits, magic, angels, demons, etc. were all real entities to most people back then. Probably only a small minority were sophisticated enough to believe in "no gods".

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