Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Etymology: Word History - Quicksilver/Mercury.

 History of the Word:  
Quicksilver-Liquid Silver. The history of the word comes from Latin. One needs to know that Quicksilver comes from two words: cwic and seolfor. Cwic means running, moving, shifting.
points to the God Mercury. Mercury was the "god of commerce and the fleet footed messenger of the gods."This God exemplified the type of material that Quicksilver was.  The silver that ran and was not solid, that moved between the fingers like jelly.  
NGram Viewer Popularity of the Word: The Word's highest use was between 1820-1840.

The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories ( Miriam Webster Inc., 1991),385

The Numerological Value of the Word Mercury

18 15 7
18 22
4: According to Wikipedia this word has a strong sense of order and values, struggles against limits, steady growth, highly practical, scientific mind, attention to detail, foundation for achievment, a genius for organization, fine management skills.
Negative Traits: Lack of imagination, caught up in detail, stubborn fixed opinions, argumentative, slow to act, too serious, confused.

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