The word itself and variations of Aaargh are flourishing in various forms due to the immediacy and popularity of internet communications blogs, emails, etcalthough actually it has existed in the English language as an exclamation of strong emotion surprise, horror, anguish, according to the OED since the late s.
Peasants and poor town-dwelling folk in olden times regarded other meats as simply beyond their means, other than for special occasions if at all. Here are a few interesting sayings for which for which fully satisfying origins seem not to exist, or existing explanations invite expansion and more detail.
Often the meaning includes an inward element like Homer Simpson's 'doh', or an incredulous aspect like Victor Meldrew's 'I don't believe it', and perhaps in time different spellings will come to mean quite specifically different things.
That said, broadly speaking, we can infer the degree of emotion from the length of the version used.
Initially the word entered English as lagarto in the mids, after which it developed into aligarto towards the late s, and then was effectively revised to allegater by Shakespeare when he used the word in Romeo and Juliet, in The theory goes that in ancient times the pupil of the eye the black centre was thought to be a small hard ball, for which an apple was a natural symbol.
The idea is that as workload permits, sectors can be combined and split again without having to change the frequencies that aircraft are on. Then when traffic loading requires the sectors to be split once more, a second controller simply takes one of the frequencies from the other, the frequencies are un-cross-coupled, and all being well there is a seamless transition from the pilots' perspective!
Whatever, the idea of 'bringing home' implicity suggests household support, and the metaphor of bacon as staple sustenance is not only supported by historical fact, but also found in other expressions of olden times.
The use of nitric acid also featured strongly in alchemy, the ancient 'science' of attempting converting base metals into gold. The frustration signified by Aaargh can be meant in pure fun or in some situations in blogs for example with a degree of real vexation.
Strangely Brewer references Deuteronomy chapter 32 verse 3, which seems to be an error since the verse is definitely The earliest representations of the ampersand symbol are found in Roman scriptures dating back nearly 2, years.
If so for what situations and purpose? Argh the shortest version is an exclamation, of various sorts, usually ironic or humorous in this sense usually written and rarely verbal. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgh clearly has a touch more desperation than Aaarrgh.
More dramatically Aaaaaaaaaargh would be a written scream.
In other words, why would people have fixed onto the bacon metaphor when it was no longer a staple and essential presence in people's diets?
Aaaarrrgh there are hundreds of popular different spelling variants typically expresses a scream or cry of ironic or humorous frustration. Fascinatingly the establishment and popularity of the expression was perhaps also supported if not actually originally underpinned by the intriguing 13th century custom at Dunmow in Essex, apparently according to Brewer founded by a noblewoman called Juga in and restarted in by Robert de Fitzwalter, whereby any man from anywhere in England who, kneeling on two stones at the church door, could swear that for the past year he had not argued with his wife nor wished to be parted from her, would be awarded a 'gammon of bacon'.
The word history is given by Cassells to be 18th century, taken from Sanskrit avatata meaning descent, from the parts ava meaning down or away, and tar meaning pass or cross over. In more recent times, as tends to be with the evolution of slang, the full expression has been shortened simply to 'bandbox'.
Seemingly this gave rise to the English expression, which according to Brewer was still in use at the end of the s 'He may fetch a flitch of bacon from Dunmow' a flitch is a 'side' of bacon; a very large slabwhich referred to a man who was amiable and good-tempered to his wife.
Please note that this screen version did not directly imply or suggest the modern written usage of Aaaarrrgh as an expression of shock - it's merely a point of related interest. Are you aware of similar ironic expressions meaning 'good luck' in other languages?
The bandbox expression in baseball seemingly gave rise to the notion of band's box in a small theatre, which could be either an additional or alternative root of the expression when it is used in the baseball stadium context.Cliches and expressions give us many wonderful figures of speech and words in the English language, as they evolve via use and mis-use alike.
Many cliches and expressions - and words - have fascinating and surprising origins, and many popular assumptions about meanings and derivations are mistaken.
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