The Vocabularist: Super, hyper, over or uber?

Standard

‘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.’

Read the article here!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s