The word we’re kicking off the challenge with is avid. You know, like someone who likes to read is an avid reader or…hm, I can’t think of a way to use that word that isn’t describing someone’s fondness for a hobby.
Avid first showed up in 1769, yes, an exact date. That’s pretty rare, although more common the more recent it gets. It comes from the French (as in modern French, what they speak today) avide, greedy, and before that the classical Latin avidus, also greedy. So I guess avid is greedy. Interesting.
I'm an avid reader. Couldn't live without my books. Have a fabulous April!ReplyDelete
Never would have guessed Avid came from Greedy, since the two words give me different connotations. Most intriguing.ReplyDelete
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So, instead of an avid hunter, he's a greedy hunter?ReplyDelete
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Like Natasha, I never would have thought that Avid came from Greedy. But as I consider myself to be an avid reader, and I have a few thousand books in my possession, I guess it fits. :)ReplyDelete
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I'm always surprised to see how old words are. That's surprising that it's been around that long!ReplyDelete
I suppose it makes sense when you think of another word for greed- avarice.ReplyDelete
I always think of avid as a compliment but knowing the origin is greedy makes me rethink it.ReplyDelete
I used to be a greedy reader. These days, I don't have time for that.ReplyDelete
Makes sense…. I am definitely a greedy reader.ReplyDelete
It makes sense that avid used to mean greedy. :-)ReplyDelete
I refer to myself not only as an avid reader, but a rabid one. I'm also fascinated by etymology so I'm very much looking forward to this month's posts. Nice to "meet" a fellow A-Z challenger. :)ReplyDelete
I'm an avid readers, too, and I have to admit I do feel a little greedy when I go to the library and leave with an armful of books.ReplyDelete
I never really thought about the idea that words date back to a certain date. Great word to start AtoZ.ReplyDelete
There is another use for avid, but it's AVID, as in an acronym. So, I don't think that counts.ReplyDelete
Um, can I say I'm an avid participate of the A to Z Challenge? Does that makes sense? LOLReplyDelete
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