Another one I looked up in the course of writing. =) I knew that charades was a pretty old game, but I was interested in the metaphorical sense. And learned some fun things.
Charade entered the English language round about 1776, obviously from French. The interesting bit is that it’s from a word that means chatter, talk. Interesting because of where our version of the game has ended up–silent. LOL. The original version of the game relied on enigmatic descriptions to try to get the players to guess the word.
The silent form variation was originally referred to as dumb charades. This is what led to “acting charades,” which is what our metaphorical (i.e. Could she keep up this charade forever?) sense is taken from.
I hope everyone has a lovely Monday! I’ll be enjoying the National Aquarium with my kiddos and a group of other homeschoolers. =)
Oh! And one of WhiteFire’s titles is on super-sale! Check out this biblical novella for only $.99! Trapped: The Adulterous Woman by Golden Keyes Parsons.
I love playing charades!
Hope you had a great time at the aquarium!