The Vocabularist: Super, hyper, over or uber?


‘When Google founder Larry Page praised projects which “other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.” he was using a word which the English language has taken to its heart, writes Trevor Timpson.

From “super-dainty Kate” in the Taming of the Shrew to Superfast Broadband, from Sam Weller’s “wery best extra-super behaviour” in The Pickwick Papers to superheroes, the Latin word meaning over or beyond has conferred appreciation or affection on a whole range of things for centuries.

Setting out the origin and connections of “super” is daunting – like opening an overstuffed cupboard and watching as scores of useful little words in most of the languages of Europe and northern India tumble out.’

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