Origin of Words: Nice

This might make you refrain from using the word nice ever again…except, maybe as a clever insult to your less knowledgeable enemies (who has enemies, these days? {The Avengers, Batman}). The origin of the word nice:

1250-1300; Middle English: foolish, stupid < Old French: silly, simple <Latin nescius ignorant, incapable, equivalent to ne- negative prefix + sci-(stem of scīre to know; see science ) + -us adj. suffix

Who knew, right? [um, the priest at my local church…] It’s actually pretty impressive of nice to flip the script on itself and become such a commonplace nicety.  Sure, it’s a compliment now, but back before Shakespeare, it wasn’t.  Perhaps it worked it’s way into society as a backhanded compliment.  Eventually, it’s origin became forgotten or it picked up nuances of meaning…either way, it’s become the most common of pleasantries. “Do you like your new coworker?” “She seems nice.” Well, hopefully, she’s more than nice.  I’d prefer if she was knowledgeable, friendly, kind, and hot hilarious.

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I like to read, I like to write, and I like to make people laugh.
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