|From:||Edward Heil <edheil@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 12, 1999, 15:35|
>What does este'tica mean? The opposite of aesthetic? Is there anopposite
>to aesthetic? The English term is used to refer to a style, mood, or
>feeling, usually in reference to some artistic endeavour. It's not aword
>used in daily discourse, and its exact meaning is unclear to manypeople.
Aesthetic has to do with fine feelings (usually those produced by
something beautiful); its opposite, anaesthetic, has to do with a
complete lack of feelings.
"Opposite" in a loose sense of course. :) This is an interesting
example of how meaning becomes specialized. The Greek "aesthet-" had to
do with feeling in general, not just perception of beauty, and so
"anaesthetic" would be a natural opposite. But since "aesthetic" has
become so specialized, "anaesthetic" no longer seems like a proper
opposite to it.
By the way, Greek [aI] became Latin [aE], which became Proto-Romance
[e:] which became Spanish [e] which is why it's "estetica" in Spanish.
The [a] in front of it looks like the Greek alpha-privative to a Spanish
speaker, but of course a proper alpha-privative in front of a word that
starts with a vowel would have an epenthetic nu -- as in "anaesthetic."
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