Word trivia

One thing that has grabbed my interest is how words have developed over time (etymology) and how they are used, missused or have lost a depth or richness in meaning.  The curren word to bother me is how certain people like to toss around the word privilege.  These are the ones who seem to accuse others of having privilege while demonstrating within their ranks why one of principles that our government is (but has issues being put into practice) all are equal before the law.

          How can a person say equal justice with a straight face while advocating special treatment or set asides for certain segments?  For laws created for a segment or group is the very root of privilege.

Privilege: privilege (n.) mid-12c. "grant, commission" (recorded earlier in Old English, but as a Latin word), from Old French privilege "right, priority, privilege" (12c.) and directly from Latin privilegium "law applying to one person, bill of law in favor of or against an individual," in the post-Augustine period "an ordinance in favor of an individual, privilege, prerogative," from privus "individual" (see private (adj.)) + lex (genitive legis) "law" (see legal (adj.)). Meaning "advantage granted" is from mid-14c. in English.

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Comments (9)

  1. noahbody

    Good question….

    October 18, 2016
    1. SEC

      If you have any idea can you clue me in because I admit it baffles me

      October 18, 2016
      1. noahbody

        The only answer lies in the labyrinthine passages inside their heads.

        October 18, 2016
        1. SEC

          never was great at labyrinths

          October 18, 2016
          1. noahbody

            LOL! Me either! So there is no figuring them out.

            October 18, 2016
  2. wirelessguru1

    Liberalism is a mental disorder, so why do you expect it to make sense!?

    October 18, 2016
    1. SEC

      I’m a perpetual optimist that someday the light will dawn?

      October 18, 2016
      1. wirelessguru1

        The light is already here.

        October 18, 2016
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    January 15, 2017