Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Loud Report

The word report, meaning the resounding noise of gunfire, came up on the show last Tuesday. This meaning had developed by 1590. About a century prior to that, it was used to describe musical sounds, especially repeated notes.

Prior to that, report variously meant

  • conveyed information
  • a legislative committee evaluation of a proposed bill
  • an evaluation issued by investigators
  • a teacher’s assessment of a student’s work
  • a written account of a course case
  • a speaker’s account released for publication
  • gossip or hearsay, and
  • one’s reputation.

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