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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
The heart is the seat of emotions. That’s what people in earlier times believed and that’s how languages have grown to have terms such as sweetheart, cruel-hearted, dishearten, heartbreak, and more.
The heart is an important part, but it takes a whole bunch of parts to make a body run. This week, I have collected words derived from various body parts, both internal and external.
These words are nowadays used metaphorically to describe someone. Can you think of a person for each of these words? For extra credit, identify one person to whom all these words would apply.
Update on the cherry tree I mentioned last week. Sunday (Aug 2) evening when I came out for a walk, the tree was gone. 10 years to grow a tree. 10 minutes to turn it into a stump.
adjective: Cruel; unfeeling.
From iron, from Old English iren + heart, from Old English heorte. Earliest documented use: 1570.
“the steely Gullah slave
who was his grey-eyed
survived endless snares
to savor a life, scot-free
of iron-hearted masters,
harsh shouts, & malarial fields.”
Cyrus Cassells; Praise Song; African American Review (St Louis, Missouri); Fall 2015.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. -P.D. James, novelist (3 Aug 1920-2014)