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Abram Balloga LING 1109 HW 4/15 Semantic Drift Trace the histories of two words: Train: train (n.)   c.1330, "a drawing out, delay," later "trailing part of a skirt" (c.1440), also "retinue,  procession" (c.1440), from O.Fr.  train  (fem.  traine ), from  trainer  "to pull, draw," from V.L.  *traginare,  extended from  *tragere  "to pull," back formation from  tractus,  pp. of L.  trahere  "to pull, draw" (see  tract  (1)).  Train of thought  first attested 1651. The railroad sense is  recorded from 1824, from notion of a "train" of carriages. British  train-spotting  "hobby of  observing trains and recording locomotive numbers" is recorded from 1958. train (v.)   "instruct, discipline, teach," 1542, from  train  (n.), probably from earlier sense of "draw  out and manipulate in order to bring to a desired form" (1375). The meaning "to travel  by railway" is recorded from 1856. 
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course LING 1109 taught by Professor Harbert, w during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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