Some words originate as grandiose and dramatic in nature, but gradually they begin to be used more casually. Society adopts, or accepts new (and more polite) meanings to those words. They become slang words in the modern pop-culture western world in North America. They lose some of their original meaning along the way, but the definition - at least according to the gods of google - persists.
This is one of those words:
*An act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure.
^^^ That definition doesn't quite suit the ole' saying 'We all make sacrifices sometimes', right?
I mean, do we ALL slaughter animals or people as an offering to God?!?
I very much hope not.
I am no linguist, but as an able-bodied human who uses words verbally and in writing - l appreciate dictionaries, and wish we all used them more often!
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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