Ooh, I recently learned about this word in my US History class! I love it when things like this happen. :)
It's interesting how it meant a "stylish and hip automobile" in the 50's...
how timely! and isn't it strange how a word's meaning can do a complete 180 in a matter of a few decades?
The power of sarcasm. I point to the word "bad" as a classic example. ;D
excellent point! i never thought of it in that way before.
2014-06-17 01:52 pm (UTC)
Kerouac and jalopy
In the novel "On the Road" (I'm reading right now) jalopy is mentioned at the beginning and as the story is set in the late 1940s (I think) I wonder if its hip car or running wreck in the book..., so I go on reading will maybe find out...
(I know a little late...)
I'm the one who requested "swimmingly." Thanks for looking!
Online OED says: "Swimmingly" means "With easy smooth progress; smoothly and without impediment; with uninterrupted success or prosperity." It dates this adverb back to circa 1622.
However, the "get along (with)" part of the phrase, meaning "To agree, act, or live harmoniously together" dates back only to 1875.
As for putting the two together, OED does not have a reference (that I can find).
i guess this is a case of language and allegory doing that evolving-thing... i can basically understand how the phrase "got along swimmingly" came into being with the OED entry as a reference. it makes sense generally, but it's good to know the origin... smooth and easy progress!
too bad we don't have so much of that nowadays 'n stuff... heh. :)
it does make sense if you picture it, i agree. :)
i knew you would come to the rescue with your OED subscription! thank you very much :) i'm so jealous. though i am seriously considering subscribing myself.
I'm lucky, I get access through my grad school. You're welcome.
what about the word "reality"? I know I can look it up myself in the OED but i figured everyone else may get a kick out of it too.
has always been one of those weird words that plagues me even in usage, since i had no idea whatsoever regarding its origins, but have employed it in its present context. it makes me think of "dilapidated," which seems to have gone out of fashion recently (having used it in papers and creative writing, i've been questioned several times as to its meaning and usage and am now curious as to how the term originated...)
but regarding swimmingly
seems to have it covered. it makes sense in context, even if the idea of how the phrase came into being may be considered questionable. :)
they questioned you on the meaning of dilapidated? i'm really surprised. but i'll definitely add it our list :)
2016-05-14 07:12 pm (UTC)
Jalopy Meaning Change
In the late 1940's and early '50's we retrieved old "jalopies" from junk yards, typically a 1932 Ford coupe, and rebuilt it with the latest 8 cylinder engine, new drive line, a newer (1950's) chassis and slick tires, etc. Even though it was now a new creation, it was still considered a "jalopy" by most of the folks because it had that old 1930's body.
i got a little reindeer for christmas one year and named him Jalopy coz it was such a neat word:P i did know what it was, bnut it was just too good not to use:P I think i got it from an Archie comic:P
that's where i first heard the word too! i was a huge fan of archie comics when i was younger. gosh, i think i still have drawers full of them.
Hahaha, I like how the word suddenly meant the exact opposite. Must've caused some cross-generational confusion.
right? like how some people in the states say "ill" to mean "awesome."
Hmm, I don't know that I've ever heard of jalopy before. But it is fun. :)
Can I request a word? I was wondering if there was a connection between the Latin per fidem(by my faith) and perfidy (treachery).
ooh good question. added!
I love this group. Had to say that and also, that's one of my favorite words.
P.S. Your icon has also grown on me. :)
has it really? i feel like it embodies me, if i were male and 2-d...
Exactly. And yes it really has. That's officially my image of you and the comm, one that brings a smile.