Friday, February 17, 2006

The 2005 Most Looked-Up Words

Here is something interesting that I found.

These are the top 15 words looked up on I believe these words give us a little insight into our culture.

One of the most interesting things that I noticed, in relation to the current topic of same-sex 'Marriage', is the etymology of the word sex (#1 search for word).

Sex, of course, can mean many things, but the etymology of this top search term is elusive. The word sex first appeared in English in the 14th century, adopted from Old French sexe, in turn from Latin sexus, a derivative of the verb secare 'to cut'. The relation of sex to cut is that the human race is "cut" or separated into two genders.

Two separate genders... That is a counter cultural topic nowadays.

Wherever you look (nature, history, bible) same-sex 'marriage' is a ironic (#8 most looked up word) oxymoron (#12).

Truth exists; only lies are invented. -- Horatius Bonar

The 2005 Most Looked-Up Words


Libby said...

Interesting! OK, my geeky quirks admission, I love discovering origins of words or phrases. I use them a lot when I teach actually. Not sure how I can use this one, but something might come up:)

The 6 Karns' said...

Believe me, you'll find a way, Libby.

Very interesting! It's sad that so many are truly confused about this area.