Monday, November 28, 2011

New Poll: Etymology of Stress

The rules for this week's poll are the same as for past polls, with a special emphasis on no fact-checking before you vote.

To help you make an educated guess, if you do not know the answer, it is only fair to establish up front that of course the ultimate etymology of stress, like so much English vocabulary, can be traced back to Latin. But the poll question refers to the modern/postmodern usage of the word stress in a psychological sense, a sense that has been attested for much less than a century.

So does it come from the Singaporeans, who we would do well to remember speak English just as "natively" and authentically (and distinctly!) as Americans or Australians? Or the British, who must be credited with much of the rich history and development of the English language? Or the Australians, who stereotypically do not stress about much at all? Or the Americans, who stereotypically are much over-stressed but have one of the world's most envied economies to show for it?

1 comment:

  1. Poll results...

    Singaporean English - 0
    British English - 0
    Australian English - 0
    American English - 4

    We were all right!