5 trendy words that are actually ancient
Hip dudes have been friending each other for centuries. Legit!
Legit as a shortening of legitimate has been around since the 1890s. It started as theatre slang for things associated with legitimate drama (versus vaudeville or burlesque). From the 1920s on, it referred to authenticity. If you were ‘legit,’ you were being honest.
2. Friend (as a verb)
If you could friend someone, it was only natural, according to the productive rules of English word formation, that you could unfriend her too. The word appears in Thomas Fuller’s 1659 book The Appeal of Injured Innocence, ‘I Hope, Sir, that we are not mutually Un-friended by this Difference which hath happened betwixt us.’
Written by Brandon Spektor. This article first appeared in Reader’s Digest.
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