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EMBER

Postby Dr. Goodword » Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:50 am

• ember •

Pronunciation: em-bêr • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun (usually plural)

Meaning: 1. A red hot, glowing coal. 2. The dying remains of a relationship or activity.

Notes: Today's Good Word is a lexical orphan with no words derived from it or from which it is derived. It is most often used in the plural, as in the dying embers in the fireplace. It is unrelated to amber, though they share similar colors. Amber originated in Arabic 'anbar "ambergris, amber".

In Play: Although an ember is a singular glowing hot coal, today's word usually appears in the plural, because we generally find many such coals together: "Bertha D. Blues has very fond memories of singing around the dying embers of a campfire as a child in the Girl Scouts." Do keep in mind, though, that anything that may be thought of as "warm" or "hot" may pass through an ember stage as it wanes: "Les Canoodle hoped to create a new relationship with Kaye Syrah from the embers of their dying romance."

Word History: In Old English (449-1066) today's Good Word was æmerge, which probably merged with Old Norse eimyrja "ember", during or following the Viking invasions of England. Both these words evolved from Proto-Germanic aim-uzjon "ashes", composed of aima- "ashes" + uzjo "to burn". The root that went into the making of Germanic uzjo showed up in Latin urere "to burn" with an R rather than a Z. Comburere is a combination of com-"with, completely" + urere. The B was added by analogy with amburere "to singe, burn around". The past participle of comburere was combustus "burnt up", the origin of English combust. (Today's Good Word left us with the embers of desire for more fascinating words like this one from the person known only as "Klimt" in the Agora.)
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Postby Slava » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:47 pm

I find it rather fascinating that Old English can be so precisely dated.

Also, is there any relationship between æmerge and emerge?
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:16 pm

Ember always reminds me of the 30+ movie
about people 10,000-20,000+ years ago and
the discovery of fire. How they preserved it
and carried embers in vessels as they hunted and
gathered.
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Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:26 pm

Slava wrote:I find it rather fascinating that Old English can be so precisely dated.

Also, is there any relationship between æmerge and emerge?


Dr G frequently refers to PIE. Can this be dated, or is it inferred from sequence? Was there ever a time when people spoke PIE?
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:06 pm

There's quite a few good sites here:

http://www.google.com/search?q=indo+eur ... linkdoctor
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