Is it BARE in mind or BEAR in mind?

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  1. Chazz_S

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    I've always thought it was 'bare'. It just seemed to make more sense to me, although I didn't know for sure. I read a post on another forum where someone corrected a person who used bare. Which is it??!
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    Bear. As In 'bearing'. Not as in GRRRRRRR.

    Bare In Mind = Kate Winslet.
     
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    *can't type rebuttal, too busy looking for copy of "Jude"*

    :b
     
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    that she is not a bright gal...
     
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    Thank you, Dr. Joseph, but that is totally wrong. Our ancient ancestors used to push, pull, kick, or throw objects to move them from once place to another. Dragging one's food home was very common practice in the old days. Unfortunately, this caused one's food to become very dirty and unsanitary afterwards. This was soon revolutionized by an observant man coming home after dragging his food home from a hunting and gathering excursion.
    He saw a bear in the river catching fish. The bear caught a fish and wanted to bring it to shore to eat. Instead of tossing it like any smart man would do, it put it in its teeth and carried the fish to shore! Eureka!
    And thus was invented yet another way of moving objects from one way to another: bearing it.[​IMG]
     
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    Hunter, that answer is so full of crap, I can hardly bear it! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    That was hilarious.
     
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    I heard the conection between the english word "bear" (the animal) and the verb (to carry) had something to do with the constelations Ursa Major and Minor (the big and little "Bears") or as they have been refered to popularly (and which they much more closely resemble than any animal), the "Big and little dippers" (aka water "Bearers")

    Of course, that could just be bullshit...
     
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    Perahps they just ran out of words at the time.
     
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    Eric.Ha. wrote (post #16):


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    . . . .Of course, that could just be bullshit...






    Bingo!


    Joseph De Martino wrote (post #12):


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    Words that end up being spelled and spoken alike come into our language by completely different routes and have nothing in common in sense or origin except the accident of how they sound and how that sound became standardized in spelling when moveable type was introduced. (Prior to which spelling was gloriously idiosyncratic and much more apt to reflect the actual sound of a word - as least as spoken by that particular writer.)






    Two words: homonomy and homophony ('sounds alike and is spelled alike' and 'only sounds alike', respectively).



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    The noun "bear" is a more purely English word, and derives from the word for the color "brown" in various Germanic languages. The word, not unnaturally, became attached to the big brown animal that folks encountered in the forest. (Brown bears probably being the only type that would be seen in northern Europe.)





    Actually, both the verb bear and the noun bear are native words inherited from proto-Germanic, the common ancestral language of English, Dutch (Anglo-Frisian dialects), High German (German standard dialect), and the Scandinavian languages, which itself goes back farther still to Proto-Indo-European. It's not so clear that the noun for the animal is from the root for 'brown' (which, by the way, is supposed to also underlie the word for 'beaver'), although that's the standard etymology (word history derivation). It's also possible that it comes from the root that means 'wild animal' *gh'wer- found in Latin ferus 'wild; wild beast' (whence English ferocious), Greek the:r 'wild beast' (as opposed to domesticated animals), as well as the Sanskrit verb hvar- 'to walk in a bent fashion (i.e., on all fours)'.

    By the way, the [r] in bare 'naked', goes back to an [s]-sound, so it has nothing historically in common with either the verb or the name of the animal. There are doubtless still dialects where all these words are not homophonous.
     
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    Crap, someone smart is in the thread. DISPERSE! DISPERSE!
     

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