Untoward

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5 comments on this post.
  1. Texan99:

    OK, OK! I’ll donate! This is a delightful site.

  2. Topi:

    So in which direction is awk?

  3. Jim:

    The Elizabethan “untoward” occurs in Acts 2:40 of the King James translation of the Bible, a translation that greatly has influenced English.

    I infer that the FIGURATIVE meaning of “untoward” in Acts 2:40 is “having gone away from God,” as contrasted to having gone toward him.

    But “corrupt” is the LITERAL meaning in the ancient Greek text. In Acts 2:40, the Greek word is skolios.

    In several translations of that Bible verse, “corrupt” appears. In some other translations, “perverse,” “crooked,” “wicked,” etc. appear.

  4. Russ:

    I read the term “semantic satiation” too many times and now I have no clue what you’re talking about? ?

  5. Dr. William Fusfield:

    Well, that seems to do it for the erstwhile baffling word “untoward.” Now I’m off for rarer game still, namely some explanation for from whence the even odder “swimmingly” developed!

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