History of Words - Fahad Saleh History of Words Word 1:...

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Fahad Saleh History of Words Word 1: engage (verb) The verb was originally used in 1525 as synonymous with “to pledge” or “to pawn.” As of 1596, it had begun to also be used as meaning “to bind.” In 1586, it first appeared in the sense of “to involve” – “So far had we engaged ourselves. .that we listed not to complain”. Franklin generally used “engage” in that sense (example below). “The partnership at Carolina having succeeded, I was encourag’d to engage in others, and to promote several of my workmen, who had behaved well, by establishing them with printing- houses in different colonies, on the same terms with that in Carolina.” In my essay, I used “engage” in the sense of “to enter into combat” (figuratively). Although this use of the word originated in 1647, it was rarely used in a figurative sense, and it does not seem to appear in Franklin’s writing. As “engage” in my paper is an anachronism, I shall replace “not engaging” with “disregarding” with the meaning of ignoring. Below is an example of Franklin using the word in this context.
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Sethi,neelam during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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History of Words - Fahad Saleh History of Words Word 1:...

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