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  • Mysteries of vernacular:

  • Gorgeous,

  • beautiful or very attractive.

  • The source of the word gorgeous

  • can be found in the Latin word, gurges,

  • used by the Romans to describe

  • a whirling, swirling whirlpool.

  • Thanks to the aquatic phenomenon's cylindrical shape

  • and gurgling form,

  • gurges also came to mean throat.

  • By the time gurges reached England in the 14th century,

  • it had been altered to gorge.

  • This, to the English, seemed like an appropriate way

  • to describe a steep and rocky ravine,

  • a metaphorical extension of the words

  • referenced to the throat.

  • The French, however, transformed gorge into gorgias

  • and used it to describe

  • one of the most fashionable trends

  • of the Middle Ages,

  • also known as a wimple.

  • This popular article of clothing

  • revealed only the madame's visage,

  • covering her shoulders,

  • head,

  • and, of course, her throat.

  • A stylish and intricate gorgias

  • was so telling of class and affluence

  • that the word soon came to mean

  • fond of dress and elegant.

  • This newly fashioned adjective

  • voyaged into Middle English as gorgayse,

  • where it was fully emphasized as gorgeous.

  • Since then, it has been linked to all things

  • of exceptionally graceful allure.

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B2 TED-Ed gorgeous throat gorge describe metaphorical

【TED-Ed】Mysteries of vernacular: Gorgeous - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel

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    Bing-Je posted on 2013/12/13
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