Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Time does not make handy expressions fade, but solidify. Word Archive ].Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars "Safe & Sound" (from The Hunger Games Soundtrack)
It dates to a time when the secondary definition of sound - 'whole, not damaged or injured' - was more commonly used. Cuz in my coutry only translate literally. If you want to go further in depth, this Wiktionary article describes the transition process much more:. Seems like people think "sound" comes from the German "gesund. Word Archive. It is this definition that gives us the expression of sound body and mind , which is still used today.
Sound 2: Hope I could help. I read about it, and I understand it goes back all the way to the 14th century, but I've been unable to find its first use. The following Ngram also shows that usage really jumped in the eighteenth century if you're interested in prevalance:. It is the ancient and still used meaning of sound of free from injury, healthy that is used in the common saying "safe and sound":. I've often wondered about the phrase "safe and sound.
Once every long periods of time, the moon is seen blue; from there comes the phrase once in a blue moon, meaning to say that something happens very rarely, like one time every million years for example. However, this definition remains on MW:.
Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400 uses hole and sounde with the meaning of safe and sound.
So 'sound' does really mean 'whole' it's just not that well-used. Sound is still used in the sense conveyed in this passage, but it is largely limited to this phrase.
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