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    confusing word

    Dear:

    I really would like to know the history of this word. how come it mean " fashionable, or mordern" ?

    Thanks


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    Re: confusing word

    Quote Originally Posted by wuminh View Post
    Dear:

    I really would like to know the history of this word. how come it mean " fashionable, or mordern modern" ?

    Thanks
    What is "this word"?????


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    Re: confusing word

    Hi:

    sorry , modern

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    Re: confusing word

    Dear :

    I would like to know the history of the word "cutting-edge". how come it mean " fashionable or modern" .

    thanks


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    Re: confusing word

    Quote Originally Posted by wuminh View Post
    Dear :

    I would like to know the history of the word "cutting-edge". how come it mean " fashionable or modern" .

    thanks
    I don't believe "cutting-edge" to be a synonym for " fashionable or modern".

    "cutting-edge" means state-of-the-art, the very latest technology/research. While it is true it is fashionable to adopt new technology and that new technology is modern it isn't what cutting-edge means.


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    Re: confusing word

    Dear:

    How does the word " to cut edge" have the meaning of "latest research/technology"?

    anything relates to the edge?

    thanks


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    Re: confusing word

    Quote Originally Posted by wuminh View Post
    Dear:

    How does the word " to cut edge" have the meaning of "latest research/technology"?

    anything relates to the edge?

    thanks
    Hmmmmm...it is hard to explain how idioms form.

    Think of a knife...you have usually got a dull edge and a sharp or cutting edge. One would not associate anything new, exciting or state-of-the-art with a dull blade. A dull blade is useless unless you are buttering bread

    Also a knife edge is sharp not rounded. Sometimes the state-of-the-art technology or fashion does not last and is replaced by something else. there is not much room at the leading edge of a technology (again a metaphor for a knife's edge).

    It is sometimes referred to as "bleeding edge" because people have struggled, almost to the point of suffering to produce this product. Another cutting-type reference.

    Perhaps the reference cutting refers to the difficult competition required to stay ahead of the competition...I am not sure.

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