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Tricky words in today's OVI

Pridané: 28.01.2008
Kategória: 04/2008

Trespass /črespas/, a trespass, to trespass. This word came into English from French, but it's originlly from Latin trans+passare, meaning to pass across, over or beyond, not in the sense of dying, but where there is some kind of limit or boundary. In the past the boundary was between right and wrong, so to trespass meant overstepping the limit of correct behavior, to commit a faux pas /fó pa/, literally a false step.

The older version of the Lord's Prayer goes: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. But later the boundary idea became physical as well, especially in law, the boundary of somebody's property, so most people understand trespassing these days as going onto someone's property (land, garden, field, wood, or waste dump) without permission, by jumping over a fence or wall. So the modern version of the Lord's Prayer goes: And forgive us our sins (hriechy) - just in case some people don't know the old meaning of trespass.



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