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One sound is always slowly on its way to becoming what will be another sound in the language at some point in the future.

And it actually made perfect sense in Shakespeare's time.

'Generous' meant 'noble.' So, he was saying, 'I'm noble.' Now, if you are noble, especially in earlier contexts, then chances were that part of what you did was give a certain amount of your goods to the surrounding populace as part of, basically, ruling the roost.

And, meanings of words are always changing, not just because we invent new things, but just because meanings drift along--something that only implies the meaning today might actually be the meaning later.

So, what that means is that while our own sense of the immediate is so immediate--so to speak--that we think that the language is something that stands still, that we're calling upon.

And so, words like that, words change like that all the time. And for those of you who know German, you'll know that there's a word, 'selig,' in German, which is the same root that 'silly' was. And, if you are weak, one kind of being weak would be if you are weak-minded.

But, if you are blessed, then you could be argued to be innocent. If you are innocent, then one could say that there's a certain weakness about you--that you are not out there being Thrasymachus[? And so, after a while it means that, in written sources.

John Mc Whorter: Well, for example, if you are listening to Shakespeare, if somebody uses the word "generous," it can often seem a little strange.