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    word 'care'

    hello

    This word care has two old meanings:

    First is mental suffering, sorrow, grief, trouble.
    The second one means "Utterance of sorrow, lamentation, mourning. clothing of care:mourning-dress."

    But are they still used in english?

    thanks in advance

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    Re: word 'care'

    The first older definition you use is simply a metaphor for "worries and sources of stress," and is still in use but only in poetic or formal contexts. The second we do not see any more, except perhaps in small local dialects in England, of which there are hundreds.

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    Re: word 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by czildren View Post
    hello

    This word care has two old meanings:

    First is mental suffering, sorrow, grief, trouble.
    The second one means "Utterance of sorrow, lamentation, mourning. clothing of care:mourning-dress."

    But are they still used in English?

    Thanks in advance.
    Interesting question. Looks like you're talking about the noun, not the verb. Your first definition is the meaning used today.

    a care = a concern = a worry = a problem

    -She doesn't have a care in the world.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Interesting question. Looks like you're talking about the noun, not the verb. Your first definition is the meaning used today.

    a care = a concern = a worry = a problem

    -She doesn't have a care in the world.
    Well, so the first meaning is still in common use? Or just in literature?
    Why in OED definition there is marked that this meaning of care is no longer available?
    But there is given another very similar definition which is still in use:
    "2. Burdened state of mind arising from fear, doubt, or concern about anything; solicitude, anxiety, mental perturbation; also in pl. anxieties, solicitudes. †withouten care: without doubt. †to be in care: to be troubled, anxious, concerned."

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    There are also verbs which no longer exist:

    1) to sorrow and grieve

    2) to mourn, lament

    3) to be troubled uneasy or anxious.

    I wonder - could I ask a question without using 'does'?
    i.e the first meaning is still in common use?

    does it mean the same as
    does the first meaning is still in common use?

    thanks for your kind help guys

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    Re: word 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by czildren View Post
    Well, so the first meaning is still in common use? Or just in literature?
    Why in OED definition there is marked that this meaning of care is no longer available?
    But there is given another very similar definition which is still in use:
    "2. Burdened state of mind arising from fear, doubt, or concern about anything; solicitude, anxiety, mental perturbation; also in pl. anxieties, solicitudes. †withouten care: without doubt. †to be in care: to be troubled, anxious, concerned."

    -----------------

    There are also verbs which no longer exist:

    1) to sorrow and grieve

    2) to mourn, lament

    3) to be troubled uneasy or anxious.

    I wonder - could I ask a question without using 'does'?
    i.e the first meaning is still in common use?

    does it mean the same as
    does the first meaning is still in common use?

    thanks for your kind help guys
    To grieve, mourn, lament, be troubled, uneasy or anxious certainly exist and are commonly used. As far as "sorrow" goes, I see it used more in the context of "to be filled with sorrow, or I feel your sorrow."

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: word 'care'

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    To grieve, mourn, lament, be troubled, uneasy or anxious certainly exist and are commonly used. As far as "sorrow" goes, I see it used more in the context of "to be filled with sorrow, or I feel your sorrow."

    I am not a teacher.
    hello
    Could you give any examples?
    Can I say:
    I care for his loss?

    In OED there is such definition(both are verbs):
    †1. a. To sorrow or grieve. Obs.
    a1000 Crist 277 (Gr.) Hwćt bemurnest đu ceariĽende. a1175 Cott. Hom. 243 Ţa cearodon ţa sunder halŠan. c1230 Hali Meid. 27 Moni ţing schal ham wrađđen+ant makie to carien. 1350 Will. Palerne 3182 Whi carestow? sede ţe quene. c1400 Pol. Poems (1859) II. 4 The lond+for defalte of help hath longe cared. 1530 Palsgr. 475/1, I care for his losses, Je me chagrine de ses pertes.


    †b. To mourn, lament. Obs.
    a1300 Cursor M. 3212 Sarra deid and abraham can for hir car. c1386 Chaucer Clerk's T. 1156 Lat hym care and wepe and wryng and waille.

    This means that this word in such context, is no longer used. But I wonder if you know any examples from life, which can deny this?

    There are also another two definitions of noun - 'care'.

    †1. a. Mental suffering, sorrow, grief, trouble. Obs.

    †b. Utterance of sorrow; lamentation, mourning. clothing of care: mourning-dress. Obs.

    Charlie gave this example:
    -She doesn't have a care in the world.

    a care = a concern = a worry = a problem

    But I think it can deal with another definition which is still in use
    2. Burdened state of mind arising from fear, doubt, or concern about anything; solicitude, anxiety, mental perturbation; also in pl. anxieties, solicitudes. †withouten care: without doubt. †to be in care: to be troubled, anxious, concerned.

    What do you think?

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