Ratha (papertygre) wrote,

Happiness = hunger, anticipation?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word "sad" comes from the Old English sæd "sated," from base *sa- "satisfied." This led to an aha moment. How can "sad" be related to being "satisfied"? Like this:

Sense development seems to have passed through a meaning "heavy," and "weary, tired of" before emerging c.1300 as "unhappy."
(The entry also gives an "alternate course" for the word through "steadfast, firm," and "serious" to "grave," but doesn't cite the words that occurred through this development, and anyway, the first was more interesting to me.)

So what is contentment, then? Temporary, at least, or so I've noticed.

Tags: happiness, language

  • 7 week nutritarian

    A quick update. Weight is 124 lbs, down from 135-140 at start. I had to take my watch band in a notch, and my size 6 jeans are now a bit loose (where…

  • 3.5 week nutritarian!

    24 days today. My body is freaking out. I have had back-to-back migraines, sore throat and fatigue, exacerbated eczema, an HSV outbreak. I am…

  • 2 week nutritarian update

    In the name of science, thought I would post an update. Today I have been at it for 14 days. I'm hungry a lot less often now. Over the weekend I…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded