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Wednesday, March 07, 2007


There's this really odd meme going around where you can get a count of those who have had a crush on you, but most people respond anonymously. It's a little weird reading the messages left for others, but after watching it go through everyone else's journal for the last two days, I now find myself curious.

I don't think of myself as the kind of person people get a crush on, but I should know better. History has dubbed me Captain Oblivious on that subject. Oh jeez, thinking about it historically, this may be wildly informative. Lord knows that I've got a 51 page document filed at home that tells me just how completely I don't notice people having a crush on me. Of course, I fancy that I've gotten better about noticing such things over the years. Then again, my non-crushy world-view may play out as accurate. We shall see.

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Meanwhile, I'm now curious about the etymology of the term "crush" in reference to feeling feelings about a person. When did this term arise? Is there a source for its popularity? How did we get from the idea of being mashed or pulverized to a romantic notion? What is the metaphorical thread involved?


  • 1398, from O.Fr. croisir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frank. *krostjan "to gnash." Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 9:37 PM  

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