April 27, 2015
darling (noun)
\DAR-ling\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a dearly loved person2 : favorite
How do you use it?
Luis knows that his abuela loves all of her grandchildren, but he suspects that little Camila is her darling.
Are you a word wiz?

"Darling" comes from a language that doesn't exactly remind us of romance. What language did "darling" originate in?

Though it may be hard to believe, we owe the word "darling" to the Saxons, those proud warriors of early England who fought the Vikings and typically wrote poetry about battles, seas, and ships. The Saxons spoke Old English, a language that was used in various parts of England between about A.D. 500 and 1000 (it's a relative of several Scandinavian languages). "Darling" comes from the Old English word "deorling," which had about the same meaning as the modern word. "Deorling" came from another Old English word, "deor," meaning "dear."
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