Since human beings first started roaming the world, communication has been vital.
Whether it was communicating through grunts and clicks of the mouth or to the first type
of spoken language, people have been communicating with each other. With times words
have evolved through change in meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Many of the English
words we used today have come from many origins. We find that many words have evolved
from Latin, Greek, and German. Words have also been adopted through Italian, Arabic,
Japanese, amongst other languages.
The goal for this paper is to explore deeper into the
meanings, entomologies, and changes of words from origins other than Latin, Greek,
German, or one their derivative languages. We will be exploring words with Italian, and
The first word we are going to discuss is derived from the Arabic word hashish, and
it is the word assassin. According to the online Oxford English Dictionary the word literally
means. “A hashish eater”, the historic meaning according to the OED is, “Certain Muslim
fanatics at the time of the Crusades, who were sent forth by their sheikh, the ‘Old Man of
the Mountains,’ to murder the Christian leaders”. The literal meaning comes from the fact
that the assassins would eat hashish or hemp to intoxicate themselves before going to
assassinate a king or other public figure. The modern definition given by the OED is, “One
who undertakes to put another to death by treacherous violence. The term retains so much
of its original application as to be used chiefly of the murderer of a public personage, who
is generally hired or devoted to the deed, and aims purely at the death of his victims”.
Since 1237, which is roughly the year when the word first came in to use, the word
has had very little change in meaning. As previously stated it means the murderer of a
person who is of some importance to a society. However, the word can come to mind as a