A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

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A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

Post by phreadom » Sat 06.16.2012 12:37 pm

I was just showing the people in the chat some previews of the new forum design, and used the word "legend", which seemed to have an unfamiliar meaning for chiyon-san, so I made a little explanation to share.
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In this sense, a "legend" means "a table on a map, chart, or the like, listing and explaining the symbols used" or "explanatory matter accompanying a table, map, chart, etc ".

Most people are only familiar with the sense of "legend" meaning a "fable" or "ancient tale". :)
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Re: A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

Post by JaySee » Sun 06.17.2012 7:53 pm

The word comes from Latin "legenda", i.e. "things to be read". With that in mind, it may be a bit easier to understand how it could have got these two (seemingly) completely unrelated meanings in English. :)

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Re: A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

Post by phreadom » Sun 06.17.2012 8:54 pm

JaySee wrote:The word comes from Latin "legenda", i.e. "things to be read". With that in mind, it may be a bit easier to understand how it could have got these two (seemingly) completely unrelated meanings in English. :)
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=legend

If that sheds any more light on it?
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Re: A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

Post by JaySee » Mon 06.18.2012 9:56 am

Yes, that was more or less what I was trying to say.

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Re: A new word meaning for English learners. "Legend".

Post by becki_kanou » Mon 06.18.2012 10:01 am

And for any Japanese learners, it's called 凡例 (はんれい). :D
そうだ、嬉しいんだ、生きる喜び!
例え胸の傷が痛んでも。

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