Friday, January 06, 2006

Word Origin

GLAMOR - Television and movies may get most of the attention in modern times, but, in earlier eras, the written word was the ultimate form of power. This word began with the Greek term gramma, meaning "something written." In Middle English, this became gramary, referring to learning or the study of language. Over time, gramary became glamour, the meaning narrowing to refer to a specific kind of writing, that associated with magic and magical spells. By the 1800s, the reference shifted again, referring to enchantment or "magical beauty." from which the modern meaning arose.

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