Oh my! What occupy used to mean may make you blush

From Portland to St. Louis, the Occupy protests have been gaining momentum and continue to be front-page news. The protests sent us to the dictionary (where else?) to look up the etymology of the word “occupy.” We found an unexpected obsolete definition. The term occupy formerly meant something very different than its current common meaning. From the early 1500s to the 1800s, occupy was used to refer to sexual relations, as in “to occupy a woman” as defined in the Lexicon Balatronicum in 1811.

When occupy was used in that sense, it was a euphemism, also called a dysphemism. Learn more about the origins of euphemisms here.

In fact, many words in common parlance have shed their sexual implications over time. Sex is simultaneously very taboo and very common, so it’s no wonder that countless words have been used to stand in for carnal knowledge. The most commonly used sexual euphemisms today are sleep with, make loveand the simple do. You’ve probably heard one of the oldest ones, too: to know. Today, the word is often is used in the phrase “to know in a biblical sense.” It comes from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 4 when “the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived…” Throughout the Old Testament the word know is used synonymously with copulate. That’s a pretty dramatic implication for a small and common word.

Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton all used play to imply sex. Shakespeare was a master of unexpected turns of phrase to describe copulation. In Hamlet, Ophelia upbraids Hamlet by telling him “Before you tumbled me, you promis’d me to wed.” The Bard uses numerous word plays to describe sexual relations and bawdy topics. Here are only a few of his saucy synonyms: business, feat, grinding, juggling, possessing and praying. Thomas Wolfe used jazz as a euphemism for sex in his 1929 book Look Homeward, Angel. The stiff political word ratify was used to refer to consummation as early as 1561 and as recently as 1974.

Learn about other tricky words that conceal their true meaning here.

Phrases also have developed to covertly refer to illicit relations, as in to shack up. Though it sounds modern and colloquial, the phrase to knock referring to pregnancy dates back to the early 1600s. John Steinbeck used a variation of the phrase in In Dubious Battle, saying, “Sooner or later some girl’d get knocked higher than a kite.”

We encounter these euphemisms on a daily basis. Rather than make us blush, they should remind us of how supple and versatile our language is.

Parrish goes west, inks one-year deal with San Diego ; Set five Bills punt-return marks

The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) April 4, 2012 | STAFF; WIRE REPORTS Roscoe Parrish is going all the way to San Diego.

The oft-injured receiver/return specialist who holds five Buffalo Bills for punt returns agreed to a one-year deal with the Chargers on Tuesday.

Parrish, 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, has had trouble staying healthy the last two seasons but is still one of the more feared punt returners in the league.

Parrish’s 12.1 yard average per punt return ranks sixth in NFL history. Among active punt returners, only the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester (12.9) averages more yards per return. Of his 11 career TDs, Parrish has recorded three of them on punts.

But he’s had issues staying healthy. Last year, he was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury after just two games. During his breakout season in 2010 when he showed he could be a reliable slot receiver, a broken wrist ended his season after just eight games in which he had 33 catches for a career-best 400 yards and two TDs. go to site new nfl uniforms

He is the third receiver and second return specialist signed during the offseason by San Diego — joining Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal.

—– Appeals Thursday NEW YORK — Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are set to have their NFL appeals heard Thursday regarding the punishment they’ve received for their roles in New Orleans’ bounty system.

Aiello also said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has since taken a job as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, did not appeal his indefinite suspension.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for all of next season. Loomis was suspended for eight games, Vitt for six, and the Saints were fined $500,000 and docked two second-round draft picks.

The unusually tough penalties stemmed from an NFL probe which concluded that from 2009-11 the Saints offered improper cash bonuses for big hits that either knocked opponents out of games or left them needing help off of the field.

Payton’s suspension — due to start last Sunday — has been on hold pending his appeal, allowing him to get in a few extra days of work as he rushes to create a plan that’s as detailed as possible for the Saints’ 2012 season.

Beyond the punishment for Saints coaches and executives, the NFL still has to determine whether players who were involved in the bounty program will also be disciplined. web site new nfl uniforms

Speaking at a press event Tuesday for new NFL uniforms created by Nike, Goodell said the NFL met with the players’ association representatives on Monday to discuss the league’s investigation of the Saints.

Goodell added that he expected to speak with NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith again as soon as today.

“I hope to be able to make some decisions soon,” Goodell said.

According to the league, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any New Orleans player who sidelined Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre during the 2010 NFC championship game. No other players involved have been publicly identified by the NFL.

Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who was modeling his team’s new uniform at the NFL’s fashion show, called possible player suspensions by the league “ridiculous.” —– Fairley arrested MOBILE, Ala. — Authorities say Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Mobile, Ala. on a charge of possessing marijuana.

Mobile police spokeswoman Ashley Rains says Fairley was arrested Tuesday after citizens called to complain that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle class neighborhood.

Rains says officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small amount in an ashtray. Fairley and a passenger were booked into Mobile’s metro jail facility and released a short time later on $1,000 bail.

Fairley was a standout at Auburn University and the Lions’ first-round draft pick.

The Lions said in a statement they are aware of Fairley’s arrest. The statement says the charges are not consistent with the team’s standards for player behavior and that the team is disappointed.

—– Surgery for Harvin EDINA, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will have minor shoulder surgery soon to address a nagging injury he played with last season.

Harvin revealed the news via Twitter on Monday night, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed it on Tuesday while attending a speaking event for his close friend, former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Frazier declined to specify which shoulder was hurt, but he said Harvin sprained the AC joint during the season.

Harvin felt some pain in recent weeks while weightlifting.



  1. sweet dictionelle -  January 31, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    this makes me think about a song by gotyte-hearts a mess where he says “let me occupy your mind”- maybe this comment is irrevlevant but i love that line

  2. On Swearing | Quantum Matrix Scribe -  January 22, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    [...] But, as a parent of a swearing child, what would you do? Even if the parent does not swear in front of the child, there are many other opportunities – around older siblings, or even aunts and uncles, and out in public – for children to learn foul language. On Modern Family, the toddler’s dad cannot stop laughing at the situation. In real life, it is hard to explain to a child what “bad” words are. The child will inevitably ask, Why? And that’s a really hard question. Why are some words “bad” and other words “good”? In some cases we have euphemisms to code otherwise illicit topics. (Learn more about euphemisms here.) [...]

  3. Tyree -  December 9, 2011 - 8:49 am

    oh my gosh,
    i did it again so imma let the beat rock!

  4. up -  December 5, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    haha tell the protesters!

  5. Your_Mom -  November 29, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Oh now I get it.

    In Hetalia: Axis Powers, France, Spain, and Prussia “occupy vital regions” as a pastime. The funny thing is: The anime teaches world history (with adult humor, I may add) and it goes back to B.C. times. One of the quote from the show is:

    “Prussia has occupied my vital regions,” said by Austria.

    I just now realized that has multiple meanings. lol cool :D

  6. Archon -  November 22, 2011 - 9:31 am

    @ dnomyaR

    The source of Mark Twain’s name seems to be a mystery to you if you write it as (mark, second). Check D.com’s meaning for twain, and you’ll find that it means two, not second. When he worked as a Mississippi riverboat pilot, they had a man who checked the depth of the water by throwing a cord with a lead weight off the front of the boat and reading how deep the water was by knots or marks. When the water was only twelve feet, or two fathoms, deep, he would yell up to Clemens, the pilot, that it was, “By the mark, twain.” Two fathoms, not, the second fathom. To be cleaved in twain means cut into two pieces.

  7. Archon -  November 22, 2011 - 12:13 am

    @ Archon

    Please proofread. Cain built the city, not Adam!

  8. Archon -  November 22, 2011 - 12:08 am

    @ 123456

    Genesis 4 v.15, 16 & 17

    So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.
    Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden
    Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

    Other people around, available to kill Cain, another country where he could go, to seek political asylum, and Adam built an entire city, for who, if there were only three people in the world? And when Cain returned, he brought with him a wife. Yeah! I think there were other guys around to impregnate Eve. We don’t need to look for the Devil, or a snake.

  9. Carlitos -  November 21, 2011 - 9:58 am


    Thank goodness then, that nothing really has anything to do with this God individual you speak of. Thank goodness that we can now understand where we really came from and don’t have to pretend and fabricate explanations. Thank goodness that we can now choose to treat eachother respectfully because it’s the moral and evolved thing to do as opposed to fearing the wrath of this fictitious puppeteer. Thank goodness that we can see marriage for what it is- an institution that perpetuates the orderly multiplication of our species. Thank goodness, also, that we can have sex with eachother and still treat eachother kindly and respectfully even if we’re not married. Dolphins, cats, dogs, whales and many other species of animals enjoy sex as a pleasurable activity and not just as a means of reproduction. Sex is fun and can be for fun, when it’s done in a healthy and natural way.

    Thank GOD that we were delivered through the dark ages of directionless ignorance into this age of science and reason, so that we can continue our journey in this magnificent universe, with forward vision and compassionate embrace – even without god.

  10. Clement -  November 20, 2011 - 11:40 am

    One of the first things God said to Adam and Eve was to be “fruitful and multiply…” (Genesis 1:28). This came in the form of a blessing from God and was before the “fall of man”. Sin by definition is to act contrary to the will of God. If sex were inherently evil God would not have willed for them to “be fruitful and multiply…” Marital sex (sex within marriage that is in accord with the true meaning of marriage) a holy act, and one of the fullest expressions of love. This is the main reason why marriages are accompanied by ceremony and celebration. Non-marital sex (sex outside of marriage or within marriage but not in accord with the true meaning of marriage) is damaging to our nature, causes men and woman to objectify one another, and has always been condemned as a sin. Original sin was some form of actual disobedience on the part of Adam where he sought to exceed the limits of his human freedom and put himself in the place of God. In the book of Genesis the act is depicted as the eating of fruit of a tree from which God expressly forbade him to eat. It has nothing whatever to do with Adam having sex with his wife Eve. Anyone genuinely interested in human sexuality and the meaning of our bodies can study “The Theology of the Body” by Pope John Paul II.

  11. Carlitos -  November 20, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Outstanding discussion on an interesting topic. I’m now certain of two things, either because of the matter of subject or because of the posts:

    1>OWS (Occupy Wall Street) is the local movement in NYC, focusing on accountability in and corruption of the American political system as a direct result of the influence of political money and insufficiently regulated capitalism. Elsewhere, it is just the “Occupy Movement”, and commonly focuses on corruption in government be it local, state or federal. In any case, it should be supported as it is a true “grassroots” democratic movement, i.e. not backed or started by organizations with ulterior motives (think Tea Party). It was started simply by people who see things for what they are and have been.

    2>How do literal believers of the bible reconcile the fact that we’re all terribly, terribly inbred?

  12. Not troop 1104 -  November 19, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    I agree with the comment about troop 1104 and troop 1111 won the corn wars

  13. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 19, 2011 - 9:50 am

    Yes, I am back. And full of words for certain commentators.

    @’awesome’: Troop 1104 sucks dick. If you really are from them. Real scouts aren’t Gigantic Assholes.

    @5474: So true. You are a great person.

    @Chris: Read what 5474 has to say. AND STOP MAKING DUMB BIBLICAL ARGUMENTS!!!

    @Smart Cookie: Truth, Truth, and more Truth.


  14. ansha -  November 19, 2011 - 3:28 am

    Haters don’t be so LAME.
    Its quite funny to me :P

  15. A-18-K -  November 18, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    @ john: It does not come from the Mormons; just because the Mormons have a certain belief doesn’t mean that belief started there. Hey, why does Jesus tell the Pharisees “Ye are of your father, the devil.”? And then the Pharisees say, “We be not born of fornication.” (The serpent coming to Adam’s wife). Hello?

  16. eduardo -  November 18, 2011 - 5:07 am

    what an use of euphemisn for no talking about Occuy protests

  17. skrt -  November 18, 2011 - 1:57 am

    these blogs amaze me! now, amaze here actually means amaze, nothing else.

  18. john -  November 18, 2011 - 12:51 am

    The whole Cain was not Adam’s and possibly Satan’s comes from our lovely neighborhood cultists The Mormoms.

  19. Archon -  November 17, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    @ Rico KG

    Still haven’t got that bored – board thing figured out yet, eh?

  20. A-18-K -  November 17, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    @sexishanny: Thanks – I knew there were some real people out there that knew truth when they saw it. :) It doesn’t matter to me that people kick at what I say; I’ve been brought to the truth – and boy am I ever free!

  21. maximonk -  November 17, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Well, really, virtually ANY word can mean copulation according to how it is said, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Or any other meaning requiring euphemism such as ‘drunk’ or ‘stupid’, just give it a bit of atmosphere to point direction.

  22. PedantSupreme -  November 17, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    On your homepage you talk about “an alternate original meaning” – please learn the difference between ‘alternate’ and ‘alternative’. Also, in the article, you say “different than”. It’s ‘different from’. Represenatives of a dictionary should know better.

  23. Rico KG -  November 17, 2011 - 11:58 am

    yooooooooo does anybody want 2 chat im board out of my mind????????????????????????????????????????////

  24. John -  November 17, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Notice the Bible says that Enoch was the seventh from Adam. So, from Adam, that would be: Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, and Enoch. Seven. Then after Enoch, you have Moe, Larry and Curly. Shemp was born 100 moons later. That leaves Cain out. Thusly, Cain wasn’t Adam’s son, he was his daughter. Think about it.

  25. John -  November 17, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Just say “know”.

  26. Perry -  November 17, 2011 - 10:28 am

    Dysphemism and euphemism are different. The suffix “eu” means good while “dys” means bad. Occupy, in this sense, is a euphemism. Dysphemism means there is an intent at vulgarity.

  27. Lian -  November 17, 2011 - 10:22 am

    A jolly good read in deed. However, is it a bad grammar to say “than” in this sentence? “The term occupy formerly meant something very different than its current common meaning. ”

    Well, I will check my dictionary.

  28. Kari -  November 17, 2011 - 10:19 am

    @Michael Actually I hang out with immature college students. Corpses aren’t as fun.

  29. Veem -  November 17, 2011 - 10:18 am

    I like words… some things are interesting. I get kick of postings that are all uptight about what people posted or how interpretations differ and they have to put their important opinion on here to make them feel better because they are jealous that they don’t have the nuts to create a blog and then you have your typical scholars post so they can “one up” everybody else, and your wanna be scholars who get on your nerves, and then there’s just me wondering how people have so much to complain, but not enough time to make a difference.

    Interested, but then I move on. Well, today I posted.

  30. Ptron -  November 17, 2011 - 8:58 am

    @Cyberquill, it could also mean make love to or get into bed with Wall Street. Just saying. :)

  31. Vikhaari -  November 17, 2011 - 8:39 am

    @ Cyberquill … you are absolutely correct, “Occupy Wall Street” is “Screw Wall Street.” However, if you must notice the global situation is as such “Screw the system of Capitalism,” that helps create this unjustified inequality, perhaps. The ordinary common ppl remain poor, hungry and at times they find very difficult to send their children to post secondary schools so they could have education.
    I am a student. I am a student of a very powerful and noted school here in this place…. I am not young. I am 64. My school sees me in different gaze since Wednesday July 9, 2008. Since last year September I take online course… to improve my poor English.
    I participate and contribute to the blog because to know, learn and improve English in any way I can. I contribute ever since regularly. In the beginning it was recognized … ; for example, “participated in dyslexia” or something, it said. Again for a little while. Then recognitions are gone though I continued participating in Dictionary.com blog. I can be positive that there is something wrong to the effect of even can be named SABOTAGE… by a body of authoritative figures of very noted post secondary school here, noted above. I hope that my blogs whatever poor way written are there somewhere and not eliminated, as they mean a lot to stupid me.

  32. Aeb -  November 17, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Makes sense…that’s exactly what those scum are doing to the nation.

  33. Aeb -  November 17, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Makes sense…that’s exactly what those scum are doing to the nation,

  34. Yearly Astrology -  November 17, 2011 - 7:47 am

    This is one of the best place where you can get information about your sun sign or moon sign

  35. KatDJ -  November 17, 2011 - 7:46 am

    …O.o wow

  36. DukeMutt -  November 17, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Well Sonya, if you didn’t want to know, you didn’t have to read.

  37. Tim -  November 17, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Since, by some estimates, the rapes at these events are in the triple digits and they (not sure who “they” would be in this allegedly headless organization that has warehouses full of supplies) have found it necessary to declare “rape-free zones” at the events, this meaning seems absolutlety appropriate.

    I am ashamed that dictionary.com gives praise through their silence of this violent, anti-semitic mob. I am alarmed that virtually no one in the comment thread even knows about these violent attacks and anti-semitic rants. Go back to John Stewart and Stephen Colbert everyone, the bread and circuses of the new millenium.

  38. Lisa -  November 17, 2011 - 5:46 am

    I have a dictionary called “Depraved English”….if you can find a copy, it’s hilarious!

  39. ZX-Tenor -  November 17, 2011 - 5:15 am

    The interviewer lady asked the interviewee. What’s your current occupation?
    “Occupier”, he answered.
    What were you before that?
    “Occupied”, was the tight answer.


  40. dnomyaR -  November 17, 2011 - 4:48 am

    “.neercs eht dniheb kcuts m’I –pleH”

    (Heh, still as smarter than a 5th grader as ever explaining the explanation.)

    1. Marquis de Sade (‘mark tsade’)… Samuel Clemens was a real person too and where he got his pen name, Mark Twain (‘mark second’), is no mystery.

    2. Adam was ‘The Father’ (Kh’Ab, K’Eb, in early Egypt where he was born and later buried: in the land of Elda), Eve was his wife-in-retirement sister: She got Cain when Adam was 65 years old (exactly 800 moons) and Abel 8 years later (exactly 100 moons): Jehovah favored Abel because he’d, sired, Abel, and so gave him the job of keeping sheep which he liked for dinner… Jehovah’s brother Thoth sired their daughter Awan, third child 8 years later (another 100 moons), so Abel believed Awan was to be his because both were second-lineage and he was getting horny watching the sheep do it… Jehovah owed Ra a son after the murder: He put the mark of first-lineage on him, (marks, marks, marks), explained the rule of vengeance, gave him his brother’s name, and sent him away east from Sumer, and Egypt, to live at the base of the mountain where boulders roll down and smash the land, (whence the Land of Nod, meant, weary, undressed ‘nude’ land), to live as the Cain-replacement. Later Seth sired by Adam, was Abel’s replacement, and that so infuriated Cain that he set out one day by boat to kill Seth, but Seth decked him in Netet, so Cain believed he was rehabilitated (he could no longer kill his younger brother) and returned to Sumer, -which bothered Jehovah,- and tricked Cainan the wise (Cain of An) into believing Jehovah was going to massacre the sons over loud talk: a cute trick using a child to get Jehovah to talk up murder in raucus jokery … Adam’s family story was much richer than the brief summary (‘allegory’) in the Bible. Read all of it–

    All those stories of sexual queerness in Sumer and Egypt, had foundations much deeper in the process of getting children … Ra did ‘dadada’ because the wife wouldn’t; Kumarbi bit off Anu’s genitals and spat out three children (Greek squeamishness translates, bit-off-not-on, to, castrate, But the same story clarifies that Anu told Kumarbi, that he, was now pregnant); Seth was reputedly a queer because he sired no children with his wife nor with many consorts, but the fact is that Ra favored Seth because he was born at 650 years (666 lunar years: exactly 8000 moons) after Jehovah, Etc…. Folklore tells us what mankind little understood: It’s up to us to clear away the badly misconstrued, and get at the facts of life… BTW: Satan Seth-of-An was the second-son of Anu but because Anu’s mother put Cainan into his family he had two, first-sons (a generation apart), so Seth was the third just like Seth of Adam was third, (Note Mahaleel his second was nicknamed, Bel): Satan was one of the angels, second-sons of Anu, who carried messages up and down the mountain on big white horses with carpet saddles that flapped….

  41. lz -  November 16, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    in the 80′s we used “bowling” as an euphemism for “the act” (yet another) and poke… which here in Hawaii is still used… as in, “Like poke?” which is a very rude way to ask for sex – most times will get a guy slapped – hard.

    Any almost any spoken word can be used to mean something else, depends on the context, body language and inflection. In writing is a bit harder… but _can_ be done.

  42. Luck in W -  November 16, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    Hmm. I thought I knew Genesis fairly well. But “having sex”–also a euphemism, is not the original sin.

    God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. First Eve, then Adam ate the fruit (also known as apple, though that can also be considered a euphemism) thus disobeying God. That was the sin: disobedience to God’s commandment. It led to their banishment from the Garden of Eden. If actual sexual relations had truly been forbidden, how would Adam and Eve ever have had any children? God had provided the means of conception and birth–or if your prefer, evolution provided it. Although why that should be a mechanism of evolution, I really don’t know. What gave living being the urge to procreate? It was not essentially a means of primitive survival, after all, such as having oxygen or nourishment.

  43. sonia -  November 16, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    @ Cyberquill
    I always enjoy reading your comments.

  44. R Kelly -  November 16, 2011 - 10:34 pm

    Ain’t nothin wrong wit a lil Bump-N-Grind!

  45. Karen Fielder -  November 16, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    SOOOO glad people are wasting there time sitting around in parks instead of out working like the rest of us.

  46. Roxy -  November 16, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    Okay… Everybody let’s not get hung up on who knows what! But I will tell you something that I think might catch on as a euphemism for the topic at hand… as long as people start using it like I have…. Being a fan of the hit TV series on AMC… “The Walking Dead” I shall now and always call “doing it”… “Going to the Pharmacy”!! Or “At the Pharmacy”! either one… (wink) Now THAT’S Funny Stuff!!! ;-P

  47. Nats -  November 16, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    I love this!hahaha I can now use “occupy”.

  48. Archon -  November 16, 2011 - 9:02 pm

    @ LeverArch


    @ A-18-K

    You don’t know what you’re talking about, per se!
    “From”, doesn’t mean, “starting with,” it means “following.” Therefore, Cain, Abel, Seth, (Enos was son to Seth, not Adam) Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared and Enoch. That’s seven!

  49. Kat -  November 16, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    lol. lame.

  50. Raul -  November 16, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    Soooo, the word ‘HIT’ has many meanings. ‘I HIt on her’. I hit the table with my fist.’ ‘I hit her the wrong way’. Wow, the list for everyday words that can aply to sex relations can go on.

    I would like to say that Jazz would be another one. Although it was remembered as awesome musicians drugged up and composing or soloing so exceptionally, it can relate to sex. From the novel, ‘Bud, Not Buddy’, the young african american boy was sent to the [Foster home or orphanage] because his jazz bass player father (forgot his name) had his son with Bud’s mother. There are many relative stories.

    Jazz is my life =)

  51. smart cookie -  November 16, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    Ok people, stop arguing because you’re talking about two different bibles! How did that conversation start anyway? Instead of arguing, use it as an opportunity to learn about someone elses religion and what they believe is true! Why contridict about it when you can use it later in life?!?!?

  52. victoriaschmictoria -  November 16, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    Just an innocent bystander here, but it appears SOMEone has a personal grudge against cyberquill, eh? I read most of the posts here and found cyberquill’s one of the more eloquent (though this isn’t saying much when some don’t even check their spelling on a DICTIONARY site!) regardless of whether s/he used the word ‘screw” … (Speaking of euphemisms!) Grow up. Normally I’d turn to the OED for etymology, but ‘occupy’ is so obviously sexual, there could be no question that dictionary.com is correct and so why not make the info available for free? kudos, dictionary.com

  53. Chris -  November 16, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    Oh wow cannot believe I made it to the bottom of these threads. Follow me on twitter and occupy some tweets. I never knew that Cain was not really related to Adam. It is odd to read all this scripture stuff when I jumped over to read about Occupy Wall Street. To learn that occupy has a totally different meaning then what is intended but I laughed at the poster who said that it was appropriate. Screw wall street… I may have to tweet that. Find me at wolfeagle on twitter.

  54. bholland -  November 16, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Remember, the Bible, as it’s being quoted here, is a translation.

  55. tet -  November 16, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    That is obvious

  56. celeste -  November 16, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    I am learning English

  57. celeste -  November 16, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    soy celeste

  58. Tobias Mook -  November 16, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Okay, stop the religious discussions. Although Adam is attributed to only siring Seth it was probably Cannaananite history. In early the Middle East, it was thought that women bore children alone, and that men held no part in it. Early lineages are symbolized by Adam. Therefore, until his final child he thought that he had no children. It’s just history.

  59. ....... -  November 16, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    @ Vanessa and Nshera
    just why exactly are we speaking french in a english dictionary website?
    plus, Vanessa was right, screw wasn’t that bad of a word.
    you should hear what my teacher say when he gets mad
    he goes all bullsh#t dipshi% as^hole motherf3cker.
    i really like this article, so very interesting and mind boggling at the same time. i mean, occupy used to be a sex ed. word? i never knew…
    for those who don’t like the article, i don’t blame them for complaining. i mean, all the title said was “find out a new meaning of occupy that makes you blush”! i mean, i couldn’ve been anything!

  60. Ms. Grandiseni -  November 16, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Listening/reading about people arguing about the Bible is like listening to people argue about Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a book. Calm down.

  61. 5474 -  November 16, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Who cares who is whose dad? We’re here now aren’t we– no matter our origins? The present is our reality; the past is static and irrelevant (unless we’re going to learn not to be ambiguous about naming whose dad is whose). Whatever transpired then, well, this is what we’re dealing with now. Some of you are acting like rabid English teachers, frantically trying to analyze and process every little meaning and possible alternate meaning. The human brain is naturally geared towards seeking out and identifying patterns (source:http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=patternicity-finding-meaningful-patterns), let’s not strain ourselves, shall we?

  62. anonymouss -  November 16, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    just …… weird
    that’s all i have to say

  63. anonymouss -  November 16, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    i am never using the word “occupy’ ever again!

  64. anonymous -  November 16, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    i am never using the word “occupy” ever again!
    Wait… i just did :P

  65. anonymous -  November 16, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    ugh.. so weird

  66. Awesome -  November 16, 2011 - 4:40 pm


  67. Michael -  November 16, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    Sonya says – “That is if we think about it. Thank you for the useless information I didn’t want to know.”

    Useless information I didn’t want to know….That I looked up and read! ha ha ha what a great mind!

  68. l2spell -  November 16, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    @Elise E. and @LeverArch


  69. amy -  November 16, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    this has opened up an entire new word of speech and enternet use for me. i plan to be a frequenter on dictionary.com from here on out. and partly in hopes of improving my spelling skills :p and id like to say, a-18-k, that was quite a comment and has inspired my next research topic. an incredible bit of personal interapretation. i must thank you for that

  70. kyle -  November 16, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    thus the woman is an occupation. interesting.

  71. Vikhaari -  November 16, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    Wow! Who could have guessed a simple term, sex, come with such dance drama–sleep with, make love, and do, and in Bible ! and many more. The expression I like most is John Steibeck’s, “Sooner or later ….”
    though it is insulting as the girls are yet again seen as objects to play with.
    Unfortunate, yet I have to admit that I enjoyed as I learned.
    Thank you, Dictionary.com.

  72. Someone_Somewhere -  November 16, 2011 - 3:27 pm

    “The first genealogical list is found in Genesis chapter 4. It is no surprise to me that Cain’s genealogy is listed first. He was the first child born in this earth age. His father was not Adam, but Satan. (Jn 8:44, Matt 13:38, 1 Jn 3:12) Cain, we find, obviously did not look anything like Adam (Gen 5:3).”


    Those are 2 websites i found to helpful to me in understanding who Cain’s father is. And if you want to read more arguements about it, click here: http://www.true2ourselves.com/forum/bible-chat/642-why-cain-not-mentioned-adams-geneology.html

  73. QDUDE -  November 16, 2011 - 3:27 pm


  74. QDUDE -  November 16, 2011 - 3:26 pm


  75. QDUDE -  November 16, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    chuck norris doesnt read, he stares down books until he gets the information he wants

  76. HolaCricky -  November 16, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Please stop with all the bible stuff. It’s driving me nuts. Thanks.

  77. sherryyu -  November 16, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    i think im strating to blush a little bit

  78. HolaCricky -  November 16, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    If “Occupy” denotes sexual relations, then “Occupy Wall Street,” in essence, means “Screw Wall Street.” Makes perfect sense then.

  79. YELLOW -  November 16, 2011 - 2:37 pm


  80. urrrrrrrrrrrr -  November 16, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    @Christy and others,

  81. Marlon J. Frausto -  November 16, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Way to write an article that will spark conversation and ultimately, controversy. If you would have done any real research and shared it through mindful journalism, you should have found the roots of the word prior to it becoming a sexual euphemism. It had been in use since the late 14th century prior to the development of the word’s erotic connotation in the early 16th century. It is a union between the latin roots “ob (to, on) and capere (to take) that was conjugated into the latin “occupare”. Essentially, this implies taking control of and holding space and time. The word has held truer in its romatic roots through the spanish use of ocupar, which implies needing. Consequently, it’s current denotation is taking control of time and space for our needs.

    BTW, you could have gone into detail of other “historical occupations” but I love (sarcastically of course) how instead you commingled sex and religion to instill a misleading implication of the word OCCUPY. You could have used this article to facilitate consciousness of its contemporary use. Perhaps you should OCCUPY yourself so you can stop thinking about sex so much.


  82. Rage Baby -  November 16, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    I always endeavor to keep myself occupied.

  83. JG -  November 16, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    I’m not sure why some of you are saying that sex was the original sin, because it was not. God made sex as something for a man and woman to enjoy – when brought together in marriage. The actual ORIGINAL sin was when Eve (and Adam) went against God’s word and disobeyed him by eating the fruit. It was the deliberate disobeying of God that was the sin. Check your facts! Or don’t assert what you think is actually right when it is not.

  84. #OccupyAmerica = #ScrewAmerica - ScrollPost.com -  November 16, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    [...] – 16 November 2011 21:25 CET#OccupyAmerica = #ScrewAmerica I stumbled upon the Dictionary.com etymology of the word “occupy” (emphasis mine): From Portland to St. Louis, the Occupy protests have been gaining momentum and [...]

  85. sexishanny -  November 16, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    A-18-K that was some logic thing to say. im really impress with your findings. Also that i read the bible also and i does make sense. thank you for pointing it out


  86. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 16, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    About the biblical argument: The bible was written in one language. So, because of this, there are multiple translations. Slight or major differences in wording can and will occur, causing different interpretations of how things happened.

    Post Script: You guys/gals are over-interpreting the Bible! It is meant to show how we should live and what we should think about, not to talk about how reproduction began!!! Oh My Lord…

  87. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 16, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Its ‘Annoyed’, not “anoid”. Idiots.
    They ought to go back to elementary school for some spelling/typing lessons.

  88. Johnny -  November 16, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    As has been shown, Adam was the father of Cain and Able, and later Seth.
    And the sin, or transgression, of Adam and Eve, was not a sexual sin. It was the partaking of the forbidden fruit, which was from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sin is knowingly disobeying a commandment of God. Adam and Eve knowingly ate the fruit, which God had commanded not to do. After they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were kicked out of the garden of eden, and then obeyed the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth, which they could not have done in the garden.
    If you do not understand this, then you either do not understand or believe the Bible.

  89. Kent -  November 16, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Occupy ALL outer authority. Fear “God”? No, occupy God (as an outer authority). Now what do you think about freedom (of expression)?

  90. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 16, 2011 - 11:48 am

    If you agree post a # (and whatever else you want). If you don’t, DON’T POST AT ALL!!!!!!!

  91. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 16, 2011 - 11:47 am


  92. Average Non-Gutter Guy -  November 16, 2011 - 11:45 am

    WHOA DDC! NOT the smartest idea to post when low-down dirty thinking people can post on your site. Really. Not. Smart. Try filtering comments maybe??? Sheesh. Some people.

  93. 123456 -  November 16, 2011 - 11:39 am

    You have no idea what you’re talking about so please stop misinforming ppl. You are trying to bend the scriptures to fit your opinion and confusing ppl bout the truth. Weather or not you believe they SHOULD have been punished for eating a fruit you cant say that God didn’t punish them for it. The original sin was disobeying God when they did somthing He spacifically told them not to do. They knew they were naked AFTER they “ate the forbidden fruit” (so fruit can’t = sex) and sex between a husband and wife is not a sin. The tree was special b/c God made it that way. It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it wasn’t just something like an apple. The Hebrew (original) version says Adam had sex with her, not “knew her”. THERE WERE NO OTHER PPL ON EARTH TO IMPREGNATE HER!! Try reading different translations, some closer to the original text.

    Stop arguing with strangers about things that don’t effect us today anyway. You’re just trying to cause trouble.

  94. bob wall -  November 16, 2011 - 11:35 am


  95. Bear♥ -  November 16, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Bam! This makes sense. Lol…

  96. Bill -  November 16, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Now I know what it means when the sign on the airplane’s bathroom door says “occupied.”

  97. bob wall -  November 16, 2011 - 11:27 am

    hey why dont u guys acctuley read the bible cause threse no way a woman and a serpant could do that. and the forbiddin fruit was a symbol of the first sin disobeying god.

  98. Sam -  November 16, 2011 - 11:22 am

    why all the hate?? excellent blog its interesting if u like to know little tidbits of knowledge here and there. Too bad some people seem to not find fun in learning neat facts, but then why do they bother reading it? I especially like the first comment “screw wall street”, that made me LOL. But to the hebrew/jewish guy, who said you are the all-encompassing fountain of knowledge on MY catholic bible?? pretty sure Adam did knock up Eve, its a well-known fact. Thanks and have a good day fellow friendly bloggers/commentors :)

  99. Natecia -  November 16, 2011 - 11:06 am

    OMG! and to think i told someone not 2 long ago to “occupy” my belongings! LMAO! :)

  100. Lefty -  November 16, 2011 - 10:55 am

    @ Nshera English Please so we can all understand thank you!! I took the time to translate what was said to Cyberquill you are absolutely ridiculous. Who says the screw on a website? You know you will never be able to erase what you say? Seriously! Come on!! As if that was so offensive!!

  101. Gibby -  November 16, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Seriously?! Cain was NOT Satan’s son, and the first sin wasn’t actually the eating of the fruit. “6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Adam was with Eve when she ate the fruit. As the spiritual leader of the family, the father, in this Adam, is supposed to stop any possible sins. Adam was with Eve when she committed the “first” sin, so therefore the first sin was committed by Adam in his failure to stop Eve.

  102. SpellingNazi -  November 16, 2011 - 10:28 am

    If you’re going to post a comment, learn how to spell. We’re on a dictionary website. M’kay? Thanks.

  103. A-18-K -  November 16, 2011 - 10:21 am

    @ Chris: When Eve said she had gotten a man from the Lord, well of course – all life comes from God! No mystery in that! And what of where the Bible says that Cain was ‘of the wicked one’. Take the entire Bible in its context, don’t just pick one verse and say “Aha!” When the whole thing is taken for what it is and applied by not our own understanding, but by Revelation given by God – we see the truth that most people are blinded to…and Cain was of the serpent. Notice that Eve is said to be the mother of all living, but Adam was never called the father of all living – that’s because he wasn’t.

  104. clark -  November 16, 2011 - 10:13 am

    So now What does Matter Means ? ? ?

  105. Michael John Lawton-Goodin -  November 16, 2011 - 9:57 am

    I found the fact that OCCUPY mean something similar to the F word, you know recently I went to the Dictionary and tried to look up F@%@ It did not have the actual meaning a medieval Slang of Fornication Under Consent of the King, Odd also the so Called N word true meaning is not in Dictionary’s, It just says the politically correct thing to say… When it actually only means Ignorant. I do understand why , but at the same , Propaganda in the US , No what , who , where , when , WHY?
    People open your Eye’s

    OCCUPY – As a Group in my opinion Fantastic, as a Individual not so good, These are Our Freedom Fighters they are fighting a was most are Blind 2 or just want to ignore,
    Occupy is a organization that will eventually lead to what I believe is called a

    - Technoretrograde – Noun ” an Enlightened entity who’s duty is for the Power of Positivity ” Verb ” A period of time after Technological Advance’s has left a wake of Negative effect upon one and all as a Whole ” Adj ” a Theoretical Group of survivors after unintentional or intentional population thinning , as in nature the Rock that keeps the Chaos and Probability stable enough to support Consciousnesses and Enlightenment ” Slang ; TeknoRetroGrade , T-Gade , The Resistance , Freedom Fighter’s for Enlightened Consciousness.

    ” As we pass into the age of Aquarius some will be Blinded by the change in probability fields others may simply accept this concept and by accepting are thus enlightened. For the fear of man is ultimately irrational. 0nce this is realized one must have true faith ; ( see Faith Verb ) instantaneously you are, always have been and always will be. ”

    Subtrackt YHO
    TekhHn0R3tr0gad3 Unity

  106. Darwin Christ Almighty! -  November 16, 2011 - 9:47 am

    @ all the biblical “scholars”:

    The Bible is a fairy tale, so it doesn’t really matter. It’s like debating as to who Hansel and Gretel’s parents were.

    Now go split off and form a new church around your personal dogma.

  107. Some guy -  November 16, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Hi Billy mays here! I “occupied” a ton of things, selling oxiclean gets you aton of things to occupy.

  108. Grinding Machines -  November 16, 2011 - 9:01 am

    You mean that Shakespeare wasn’t talking about us? Hmmph.

  109. malloman -  November 16, 2011 - 9:00 am

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Rock ‘n Roll as the most blatant euphemism for sex. It’s been documented before, but if you still have doubts, just visualize the rocking motion and then the entwined rolling motion.

    (now, go take a cold shower) ;-)

  110. Rico KG -  November 16, 2011 - 8:55 am

    Is any body on this

  111. Rosana -  November 16, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Hehe :p “tumbled”, that one’s my favorite now.
    Interesting interpretation A-18-K.

  112. big boob sex -  November 16, 2011 - 8:52 am

    See, I always said that “know” was a four letter word.

  113. Hahahahahahahahaha -  November 16, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Hello Sonya :)

  114. Hahahahahahahahaha -  November 16, 2011 - 8:44 am


  115. Mark -  November 16, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Gives a whole new meaning to Occupy Wall Street. In fact, as it turns out, people are angry because Wall Street has been occupying us.

  116. Christy -  November 16, 2011 - 8:36 am

    @ R Lee and Raymond

    Genesis 4:1 – And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain…

    Genesis 4:2 – And she again bare his brother Abel…

    I’m not exactly sure where you guys are getting your information, but it’s not from the Bible.

  117. Edwin -  November 16, 2011 - 8:34 am

    Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

  118. Marshall -  November 16, 2011 - 8:19 am

    When I hear the word “occupy” I think of the Nazis in Vichy France. Not sure which definition is worse.

  119. Mormor -  November 16, 2011 - 7:55 am

    My favorite euphemism from the Bible is when Samson discovers his woman has cheated on him. He said “If you had not plowed with my heifer…” BTW, a heifer becomes a cow after having a calf.

  120. LOUIS A. PAIZ -  November 16, 2011 - 7:44 am


  121. Valentina -  November 16, 2011 - 7:41 am

    I think this is in all languages because even in spanish you say “estoy ocupado” meaning “I’m occupy” :D

  122. Anas -  November 16, 2011 - 7:33 am

    OK, having knowledge of the origins of some words and the versatile implications they have can save you from being trapped in embarrassing situations and being cautious in selecting your words, which in all adds the prudence to your speech.

  123. Ron -  November 16, 2011 - 7:31 am

    @ Raymond
    I don’t know where you got your information, but Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade used the name Marquis de Sade because he WAS the Marquis de Sade. He was a member of the French aristocracy, not a soldier, and the title has nothing to do with the shape of Hebrew letters

    “Marquis” is an inherited title that had been held by his family for generations (although the family seems to have gone back and forth on whether to use Marquis or Comte). “de Sade” describes the location with which the title is associated. Marquis de Sade, therefore, is analogous to a title like the Count of Monte Cristo or the Duke of York.

  124. arthur addison -  November 16, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Power to those leaving positive comments.

  125. mh -  November 16, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Hey Ray and R Lee,
    Not sure where you’re getting your “information” but I’m pretty certain that Adam WAS Cain & Abel’s father.
    1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel.
    You’d have to be pretty twisted to think either one of them was Satan’s…there’s no direct or anecdotal evidence of that; the bible is clear that they were sired by Adam and Eve.

  126. John -  November 16, 2011 - 6:49 am

    I sure would like to know where some of you get your Biblical knowledge! Genesis 4:1 tells us that Adam was Cain’s father, verse 2 implies that he is Abel’s father, and verse 25 tells us that he is Seth’s dad.
    But as to the OWeS (as in the world OWeS me a living, tra-la-la) people; I’m certain that the street vendors and the Mom and Pop stores who have had their business disrupted and the local residents who have had their lives disrupted and have been exposed to unsanitary camp diseases I’m certain they are feeling occupied!

  127. christian -  November 16, 2011 - 6:45 am

    so what are we arguing about today?

  128. Chris -  November 16, 2011 - 6:37 am

    @R Lee. Genesis 4:1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.” So, where did you get that “nowhere does the bible actually say that Cain was Adam’s”?

  129. Jessica -  November 16, 2011 - 6:16 am

    wow, this is actually interesting. crazy!

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  131. juno -  November 16, 2011 - 5:27 am

    lol now i laugh when the teacher explains stuff like england occupying america it made it so much easier to pay attention in history class

  132. ccrow -  November 16, 2011 - 4:53 am

    Right… I feel so sorry for all you people who may have actually learned something new, against your will… if ya don’t wanna know, *don’t read it*!!

  133. A-18-K -  November 16, 2011 - 4:45 am

    @ R Lee: Cain wasn’t Adam’s son. True, the Bible doesn’t actually indicate that Cain was Adam’s, but it does indicate that he wasn’t. The original sin wasn’t biting into some fruit, the original sin was sex. Notice way in Song of Solomon how sex is described so often as ‘tasting of fruits’ and of being a garden…and on and on. Eating of the forbidden fruit was partaking in sex. I mean, do you really think that biting into a fruit would cause someone to know that they’re naked? No…however, when someone has sex, they KNOW they’re naked right? Right. No question about it. So Adam and Eve weren’t, per say, clothed with actual clothing, but they had the veil of God about them. Satan wanted to somehow inject himself into the human race, but since he cannot create, he had to used something that God had created. He chose the serpent. The reason he chose the serpent was because it was something so close to human, that it could reason and talk and even mingle its seed with that of the human. So he entered into the serpent and used it to beguile Eve and have sex with her. Then Eve went and did the same with Adam. When they did this, it grieved the Spirit of God, and the protecting veil left them – and they knew they were naked. God cursed the serpent, and he changed dramatically from something so close to human to what he is now. Scientists now a days try so hard to find the “Missing Link”, but they can’t, because God hid that from them when he cursed the serpent. Notice the Bible says that Enoch was the seventh from Adam. So, from Adam, that would be: Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared, and Enoch. Seven. That leaves Cain out.
    Thusly, Cain wasn’t Adam’s son.

  134. Paul -  November 16, 2011 - 4:15 am

    Terms like ‘sleep with’ or ‘make love’ have always been a bit off base for me simply because they stretch the actual meanings of these words. But, what are we supposed to say – f@#!?

  135. Rexxmonster -  November 16, 2011 - 3:41 am

    I doubt the serpent, not Satan, the serpent, screwed Eve. So yeah. And honestly? Sex is a part of us; it’s on our bodies; it’s on the Internet; it’s in books; it’s how kids are made! Get real; these aren’t DIRTY words. They’re just words with meanings. Besides, why do people make such a big deal anyways? I mean to keep it away from kids? HELLO! They’re gonna do it sometime in their lifetime, and you can’t stop them. By the way, it wasn’t useless information, and rather interesting, thank you for the blog. You did a great job.

  136. R Nay -  November 16, 2011 - 2:16 am

    @Elise E – before commenting, dont you think you should have used the website you are posting on for a spell check???

  137. roopz -  November 16, 2011 - 2:02 am

    Hehehe…We can never count only a single meaning for words… :)

  138. LeverArch -  November 16, 2011 - 1:51 am

    I didn’t realise occupy had a euphemistic meaning, but the article was very interesting and enlightening! I have been aware of ‘know’ as a euphemism for some time, but still find it an unusual one all the same ^_^


    Anoid* Certainly* Yourselves*

  139. Michael -  November 16, 2011 - 1:15 am

    @Kari: Then you must hang around some reeeallyyy old people. It hasn’t been \used like that since the 1800s.

  140. Amit Bhattacharjie -  November 16, 2011 - 12:45 am

    What about TAKE HER or TOOK HER, HUMP, JUMP, JIG-JIG, etc. ? These phrases and words are also used, even though some may not be given the official status by lexicographers, to imply the THREE or FOUR letters in the ecstatic act between a man and a woman. You know what I mean!

  141. Danielle -  November 15, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    ‘Thanks for the useless info.’
    ‘Thanks for telling me what I didn’t care for.’
    Does that make any sense to you? Just don’t read it! -_-

  142. randomonigiriX2 -  November 15, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    some useless info i didn’t really NEED to know but…..it might be useful someday in the not-so-near future, i think.

  143. Jenn -  November 15, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    The occupy protests are going on around the WORLD, not just “From Portland to St. Louis”… why are Americans so ignorant to what’s going on in the rest of the world?

    Also I don’t see why it would be shocking that “occupy” would be used for sexual relations, because the couple would be “occupied” together. It pretty much means the same thing as occupy in general. occupy can be used in a lot of different ways, so it’s not obsolete.

  144. Sandra -  November 15, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    So the story goes . . . Eve was carrying twins (Cain and Abel) from two different fathers, one Satan the other Adam. Seth was sired by Adam as well, born later after the twins.

    The original sin was sex. Satan taught Eve the act of sex and afterwards she convinced Adam, he was hesitant but his love for her was deep so he complied knowing something dire would result.

  145. Someone -  November 15, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    Genesis 4:1-2 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. (ESV)

    This is a direct quote from the Bible. Note that it says, “she conceived and bore Cain” and also says “and again she bore his brother Abel”. Note that it states, “she bore his brother”.

    The Bible is not here so we can take it apart and try to reinvent the meanings of every word or phrase inside of it just because you don’t believe that the Bible is true.The book of Genesis was not written to be poetic! It is possible to over analyze things. The Bible is not a book needing to be published, and you are not God’s editors. Have some respect!

  146. uma -  November 15, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    heh ” its anyway language usage

  147. Jak -  November 15, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    lololololol this is crack up!! I never knew ordinary words could have weird meanings….

  148. Hayley -  November 15, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    oh and I must congrats everyone whose reading this article because this a Internet space where everyone can learn new things!

    Thanks again! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

  149. Chea -  November 15, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    I love this website.

  150. Hayley -  November 15, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    wow… That article just made me crack up and I finally can past the mini-test my cousin gave me, thanks to whoever wrote this! :D

  151. Anna -  November 15, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Hahaa. “Occupy” Wall Street. that comment made me laugh…xD

  152. anonimoues -  November 15, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    if know means the same thing, then i really dont “know” my mom

  153. anonimoues -  November 15, 2011 - 8:11 pm

    roll also used to mean that

  154. Tommey On The Toilet -  November 15, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    LOL wut?

  155. Q -  November 15, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    FYI – The bible clearly reads that Cain was Adam’s first son, Abel his second. After Cain killed his brother Abel, Eve gave birth to a third son, Enoch. Afterward she gave birth to Seth. See genesis Chapter 4, verses 1-26.

  156. augen -  November 15, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    This is also commonly used, literally in Chinese, especially Cantonese in Hong Kong, more so in the 60′s/70′s as we can see from the oldies black & white films. It is still understood as euphemism so what a cultural cross over!

  157. Jane -  November 15, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Some people should lighten up .. that was rather interesting!

  158. olivia -  November 15, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    Shakespeare invented the term “grinding”???!!!! Yes!

  159. tony -  November 15, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    In some Latin American countries “ocupar” is used to mean “to use”, as in,”¿estás ocupando esta pluma? / Are you using this pen?”

  160. Brent Clanton -  November 15, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    @Raymond–I’d be curious to know your source for “Adam didn’t sire the first three children,” too. Genesis 4:1-2 is pretty explicit in stating Adam knew Eve, who bore both Cain and Abel…and as the Genesis account continues, they are described as brothers. In 4:25, Adam again “knew” Eve, and they produced Seth.

  161. Vanessa -  November 15, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    @Nshera: Il n’est pas si mal … pas en anglais, au moins … J’ai eu des enseignants dire à une classe.
    I thought this was quite an interesting article, actually.

  162. Danielle -  November 15, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    I actually thought this was pretty interesting :) And even if it was useless information whats wrong with that? Oh and Genesis 4:1 definitely says “The man Adam knew his wife Eve intimately. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain, and said, “I have given life to a man with the LORD’s help.””

  163. amateur lexicographer -  November 15, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    I enjoyed the information. For those who did not, I suggest that this may not be the website for them. They would probably be happier with one less cerebral. From observing their misspelling and lack of punctuation and correct grammar, most of them need to go back to the third grade.

  164. R Lee -  November 15, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    @ Raymond. Hey Ray, I don’t know why you say ‘the first three’, though it is quite probable that Cain wasn’t Adam’s son. Nowhere does the bible actually say that Cain was Adam’s – possibly Satan’s (the serpent’s). However the bible says that Adam knew Eve and she bore a son(s)… and they were righteous Able and (subsitute) Seth.

  165. Marshmellowlikesstuff -  November 15, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    lets occupy marshmellow

  166. RAY -  November 15, 2011 - 4:19 pm


  167. Paula -  November 15, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Thanks, but let’s not encourage people to turn it into a dirty word by definition.

  168. Archon -  November 15, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    @ Vince

    No! It comes from the word “disrespect.”
    People who use the term “dis”, are highly unlikely to know about an esoteric word like “dysphemism.”

  169. Brooke -  November 15, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    @ Vince: “Dis” comes from “disrespect”, not dysphemism.

  170. Candice -  November 15, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    Our language is quite adept. Look at all the euphemisms that emerge and become popular in today’s cultural arena through music and lyrics!

  171. Dave -  November 15, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Raymond: I’d like to hear your take on “Actually, Adam didn’t sire the first three children,”…….. did you see this somewhere in the bible?

  172. Chris -  November 15, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Well, it’s not so commonly used that we know it. Like a word used in a contract for formal and confusing use. And…sure you might see it well…but I’m not sure I’d like doing old men and women in suits…

  173. Moboking -  November 15, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    LOADS of people say that is very gross and if they hear it they will tell them why it is well thank you for telling us!

  174. Vince -  November 15, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    I looked up dysphemism and heard it pronounced.
    Could it be that’s where the expression “Did you just dis me?” came from.

  175. Nshera -  November 15, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Cyberquill, vous êtes absolument ridicule. Qui a dit que la vis sur un site web? Tu sais que tu ne sera jamais capable d’effacer ce que vous dites? Sérieusement! :-{{

  176. Elise E. -  November 15, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    I did see the words ‘kuow’ and ‘occupy’ in the Bible a lot and didn’t get it until I looked them up on Dictionary.com


  177. Alyssa -  November 15, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Great. Thanks for useless info -.-”

  178. Raymond -  November 15, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Actually, Adam didn’t sire the first three children, so the Bible was correct in saying he “knew” her, that she was his wife and, he was responsible for her children … Jewish literature goes through throes to “Keep it simple, stupid.”

    On the other hand, the Hebrew language gives us some of the most risque depictions of the bump-and-grind, busy-body, genre … A certain soldier, by name, Alphonse, noted the two accepted shapes of the letter, tsade, which some pronounce, ‘tsadiq’, righteous, formed very masculine and, feminine, imagery… And as it is the 18th letter, (cf Of Age), he took to writing ribaldry under the pen name of, Mark T’Sade, known to us as, Marquis De Sade….

  179. katritri -  November 15, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    this wrod rocks

  180. Naomi -  November 15, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    This article made me laugh. And learn new things.

  181. Shakespeare -  November 15, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I’m the modern Shakespeare.

  182. Daniel -  November 15, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    That’s actually kind of interesting. Did not know it was ever meant that way by defintion.

  183. cassie -  November 15, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    @Sonya, if you “didn’t want to know” why did you click on the link to read it?

  184. CapnZilog -  November 15, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Ignore the haters – this was a fun blog entry, and well written. Good job!

  185. PERSON -  November 15, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Jostle can also mean that…. it’s funny when somebody says it now…

  186. burp -  November 15, 2011 - 12:58 pm


  187. Kari -  November 15, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    Yeah I don’t get why you’re calling it an obsolete euphemism. I’ve heard it used like that recently.

  188. Sonya -  November 15, 2011 - 11:33 am

    That is if we think about it. Thank you for the useless information I didn’t want to know.

  189. Cyberquill -  November 15, 2011 - 11:02 am

    If “Occupy” denotes sexual relations, then “Occupy Wall Street,” in essence, means “Screw Wall Street.” Makes perfect sense then.


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