Sunday, December 14, 2008

Prompt 42: Distractions

This week's prompt is distractions. Since we don't have a guest post this week, I went to Etymology Online to have a look at the history of the word. This is what I found when I typed "distraction" in the search box:

ecstasy: 1382, "in a frenzy or stupor, fearful, excited," from O.Fr. extasie, from L.L. extasis, from Gk. ekstasis "trance, distraction," from existanai "displace," also "drive out of one's mind" (existanai phrenon), from ek "out" + histanai "to place, cause to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," which probably helped the meaning shift to "exalted state of good feeling" (1620). Slang use for the drug 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine dates from 1985. Ecstatic "rapturously happy" is from 1664.

Ecstasy. Go figure. Have fun, friends!

Sandy


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