Post by Christian Weisgerber Post by Anansi
Pour ce dernier, vous devez avoir des connaissances en langues
| Quel mot vient de l’anglais ?
| ( ) Flirt
| ( ) Paquebot
| ( ) Coach
D'après les dicos anglophones, « flirt » est bel et bien un mot
anglais qui n'a pas été emprunté à une autre langue.
The main modern verbal sense of "play at courtship" (1777) probably
developed from the noun (see flirt (n.)) but also could have grown
naturally from the 16c. meaning "to flit inconstantly from object to
object." To flirt a fan (1660s) was to snap it open or closed with a
brisk jerk and was long considered part of the coquette's arsenal, which
might have contributed to the sense shift. Or the word could have been
influenced from French, where Old French fleureter meant "talk sweet
nonsense," also "to touch a thing in passing," diminutive of fleur
"flower" (n.) and metaphoric of bees skimming from flower to flower.
French flirter "to flirt" is a 19c. borrowing from English.