Sponsor: http://hbkswealth.com/staff/anthony-j-scrocco/ Ps 34: The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the LORD delivers him. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Jn 14:6b, 9c I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
I guess it's the writer in me. I'm always curious about the origin of words.
I mean, way back nearly 3 million years ago when Homo habilis man was starting to figure out how to use stones as tools and he was still grunting, groaning and snortling as a form of communication --on second thought, maybe not so much has changed?-- who decided which odd-sounding murmurs were acceptable enough to be part of an actual, bona fide language?
For instance, who, in the history of history first said and recorded the word SPOIL? Natch I had to look it up.
According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary spoil, the noun, refers to;
-plunder taken from an enemy in war or from a victim in robbery : LOOT
-public offices made the property of a successful party —usually used in plural, or something valuable or desirable gained through special effort or opportunism or in return for a favor
-the act of damaging : HARM, IMPAIRMENT, or an object damaged or flawed in the making
-earth and rock excavated or dredged
As a verb? MW says spoil means:
-STRIP, PILLAGE, ROB or to seize by force
-to damage seriously : RUIN or impair the quality or effect of something
-to impair the disposition or character of by overindulgence or excessive praise or b: to pamper excessively : CODDLE
I might be guilty of that last one with the offspring, I digress.
However you slice it, ain't no good associated with the word spoil, a'ight? In war and politics (which seem to be the same thing these days?), with milk and other foodstuffs, in sports, and just generally: spoiling bad.
Which is why, if you spoil the greatest of the "AVENGERS" films, "END GAME", by giving away the ending to those who have yet to watch it, me and my buddy Thor, we gonna SPOIL your day, Capisce? Pick any of the bad meanings you will on that one.
Check out Sunday's column for more on the matter: "Spoil this Film and I Will Tell Thor" - chat at ya then, Peeps!