The term “Etymology” is the study of the origin of words. The practice of etymology is uncovering the truth by tracing the root of a word.
A few years back, I earned the ire of an elderly man when I failed to recognize his ‘supersinger’ granddaughter accompanying him on the train. With my nose firmly in a book, I looked up only when there was a flurry of activity in front of me when one of the co-passengers recognized the young eleven-year-old. The elderly man was even more aghast at my temerity when I asked who she was!
He felt I was being blasé about this serendipitous meeting with the rising star. He could not understand the concept of not watching TV, and hence I did not recognize his granddaughter. Suffice it to say that I received quite an earful from my sister too. She followed Vijay’s super-singer and felt I had missed taking an autograph or a photo with Nithyashree when she was a budding star.
Borrowed from French blasé, it means being jaded, unimpressed with, or indifferent to, unconcerned about
nonchalant about, offhand about, uninterested in, uninvolved in/with something because one has experienced or seen it so often before. Gen-Z finds the word- ‘blah’ encapsulating all the above and more!
As a result of not watching too much TV those days, I had missed out on the accidental, unforeseen, chance, coincidental, lucky, unexpected, fortuitous, serendipitous meeting with the rising star. I had missed an opportunity of taking a selfie with that young girl.
I had covered the etymology of the word “serendipity” in the Part VI of my Delving column. Do look up if you haven’t!
Fast forward half a decade, I have turned into a TV addict, a couch potato, and an OTT ‘junkie’. Watching the first episode of ‘ Guilty Minds,’ I came across a word called Golpe. Golpe can mean coup d’état taken from the Spanish term golpe de estado. It also has many other meanings like the following: