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June 21, 2008


The construction of words that describe the sound of the meaning of a word is called "onomatopeioration".

Also, observe the change in "nice".

Interesting! From Latin nescius, "ignorant" (and enshrined in the motto supra). And the OED sez: “The semantic development of this word from ‘foolish, silly’ to ‘pleasing’ is unparalleled in Latin or in the Romance languages. The precise sense development in English is unclear. N.E.D. (1906) s.v. notes that ‘in many examples from the 16th and 17th cent. it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken’.”

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