Another article from Paul Graves of the Bonner County Daily Bee (North Idaho). This time he takes on the many meanings of the word ‘old’.
He begins by saying how many of the words used to describe an old person are stereotypes.
His then talks about his favorite words.
My two favorite words for old persons are “geezer” and “elder.” “Geezer” has been a negative word for an old man. It actually dates back to the late 15th century, and comes from an obsolete Cockney word, “guiser.” And it means “disguise.” Really?
For him, a “geezer” is a person who has a hopeful view of the future and lives in the disguise of gray hair and wrinkles.
He then takes on the word “elder.”
“An elder is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential, and whose life continues to have within it promise for, and connection to the future. An elder is still in pursuit of happiness, joy and pleasure, and her or his birthright to these remains intact. Moreover, an elder is a person who deserves respect and honor and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from long life experience and formulate this into a legacy for future generations.”
He then concludes with his double meaning of the word “elder” and how it’s alive in Bonner County.
You can read the entire article by clicking here.